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I have not yet fixed my bent 1997 Cougar (earlier post). But I found a genuine low-mileage (under 20,000 miles) 1997 V6.

My question is:
How bad are the 1997 V6's as far as blowing head gaskets?
That's my chief concern about buying another V6.
 

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I can only speak of my experience. I bought my 97 3.8 new. It now has 150,000 miles on it. The only gasket ever opened has been the tranny pan. That was to change the fluid every 30,000 and to do the j-mod at about 135,000. I have always used valvoline 10-30 semi-synthetic fluid and change the oil at 6,000 miles. The only parts changed were shocks/struts, battery, brakes and upper a-arms. I say buy it if it's a good deal.
 

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The only downside to the V-6 is the lack of power. by 97 they pretty much had the head gasket problem licked. Mine has 140,000 on it and has never had any engine problems at all. Of course it has been well cared for to. If it really has 20,000 on it, then it is a find.
 

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not sure if theres any difference between the 96's and 97's but my friend had a 96 cougar with the 3.8 and blew the headgaskets at 66k.

Frank
 
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