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I'm sure all those GM 60 degree V6 owners with Dexcool replacing intake gaskets wish they had something like the 3.0 in their vans. Or owners of the Toyota and Chrysler sludge monster engines.
Didn't you mean "Dexkill"? Heh. Man, GM has really stepped in it with that crap.
 

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Those GM intake manifold gaskets are somewhat weak even without the dexcool. I had a GM 3800 engine (90 degree V6) blow its intake manifold gasket, albeit close to 200,000 miles. All it took was a little bit of corrosion on the mating surfaces to crush the plastic carrier and cause a leak. The problem seemed inherent to the gasket design.

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I like 3.3 L and 3.8 L

Friend of mine has a 1994 Concord with a 3.3L it has 276,000 miles on it and still going. I have a GV with a 3.3L with 90,100 only thing with the motor is the oil pan gasket. My folks had a GC with a 3.8L it went 300,000 before it was give a way. Now the 3.0L is whole other thing, they love oil so much that I have help a few buddy do an valve job.
 

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Hi All,

What's everyone's experience with the 3.3L? I'm interested in longevity information, known issues, etc. Assuming everyone has read my last post, I found a replacement for the dead '98. It's a 2000 with the 3.3L and about 98,000 miles. Seems tight and strong, although after the 3.0L anything might seem strong. I realize that I'm probably preaching to the choir, but I'm interested in informed opinions.

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Mike
Mike,

I have a Chrysler 2006 Town and Country minivan. Today's date is 05-22-2020. The car now has 137,500 miles on it. The engine is now shot. My mechanic say it is the head gasket. That repair would cost anywhere from $2500-$3800. That is too much for a 14 year old car. Time for a new car. I live in NYC in Queens. A lot of urban stop and go driving. Is it a good engine, yes, but city driving killed it.If you do a lot of highway mile it will last much longer. The car is being sold for scrap. By the way, I bought it used one year old with 12k miles on it. It gave us long loyal service.
 

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Mike,

I have a Chrysler 2006 Town and Country minivan. Today's date is 05-22-2020. The car now has 137,500 miles on it. The engine is now shot. My mechanic say it is the head gasket. That repair would cost anywhere from $2500-$3800. That is too much for a 14 year old car. Time for a new car. I live in NYC in Queens. A lot of urban stop and go driving. Is it a good engine, yes, but city driving killed it.If you do a lot of highway mile it will last much longer. The car is being sold for scrap. By the way, I bought it used one year old with 12k miles on it. It gave us long loyal service.
Welcome.

In case you don't know, Mike registered back on June 18, 2008.

Posted a couple of times same day and left to never came back.

Yes, you are replying to a 10+ yeard old post.
 

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Was the engine maintained? That is the exception, not the rule. These engines will go 300,000 miles or more with proper care, as long as you don't have any problems with the rocker shaft pedestals breaking off.
 
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