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3.8 Liter series 2 -V-6 Engine "how long will she last?"?

3.8 Liter series 2 -V-6 Engine "how long will she last?"? Topic: Case series designs
May 24, 2019 / By Izzy
Question: I have a 1998 Old Intrigue with the 3.8 v-6. I have 158,000 miles now. I keep the oil changed every 3,000 . The only "major" maintenance was (2) years ago were a new manifold and plug wires. Also had to replace the serpetine belt twice. My question is ..has any body out there had this engine and if so what other "major" problems could pop up . again...I heard this engine is "bullet proof!"
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Elmira Elmira | 10 days ago
GM engines for the most part are very reliable. There is a saying that Oldsmobiles will run like dirt loner than most cars will ever run at all. and for the Northstar (V8) and 3800 series push rod V6s, its true. It is a very dated design, hailing from 1962 ago in its original form and now very few engines use pushrod, actuating only 2 valves per cylinders and being completely cast iron. But the upside of this is that the design has been refined to hell and back. It is a proven engine that will last much longer than most people expect, in fact it was on Ward's 10 best engines from 1995 through 1997. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ward%27s_10_Best_Engines Also, in the case anything actually happens, the Buick V6/3800 Series engine family is the most popular engine ever produced with 25 million made over the years so parts should be inexpensive and common. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM_3800_engine#Series_II
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Elmira Originally Answered: Engine info, how do I find out what liter and barrel my engine is, I know it's a 302 v8, that's it?
Hi there The 302 number is the engine volume size in cubic inches. This is why you may see it sometimes written as 302ci. , or 302 cid. , the D being for displacement. 302ci is an imperial measurement , that same size expressed in metric would come out as 'litres'. So a 302ci engine is the same as 5.0 litres. Now the 'barrel' thing is referring to whether or not the engine has a 2 barrel carburettor or a 4 barrel carburettor., either of which could be fitted on this engine. The simplest way to determine this is remove the top of the air cleaner assembly and look down the holes into the engine. A 2 barrel carb will have two holes , approximately 1 1/4 inch in diameter. A 4 barrel carb will have 4 holes of similar sizes.

Christal Christal
I'm not a mechanic, but I have a good friend who is a GM mechanic. I've always had good success with the 3.8 and he swears by them. They are preferable to the new motors GM has such as the 3.5 and 3.9. I'd keep it as long as you can.
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Aureole Aureole
indefinite ??? I got an 89 Probe with 1/4 million and it still gets 38 mpg ,,,,,, Keep up the good maintenance and who knows you could set new records
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Abbigayle Abbigayle
engine is bullet proof , it will last as long as you take care of it ,you will have some coolant or oil leakage at intake area , but worth fixing , if needed
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Stanford Stanford
i had one in my grand prix and had 300,000 when i sold it. just keep taking good care of it, it is a good motor. i didn't have anything with the motor it was the cat that kept going bad on me but the first one was crap. after that nothing was wrong
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