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So, I took my car to the ford dealer for an oil change today, only reason I decided to go to the dealership, was to get them to install my warrenty replacement brake/clutch pedal covers (IUP parts) So anyway, I'm sitting there reading a magazine, service advisor walks up to me and goes "How attached are you to your car"? I looked at him & said "What happened"? He goes "Well, you have coolant in your oil...."

So I asked him to show me....we walk out, the mechanic drains the oil....it was DARK DARK DARK DARK DARK DARK brown, kinda soupy/muddy/rusty looking, but I didn't see a hit of green anywhere, like they said they saw....I watched him drain every last drop of oil out of the oil pan.....the oil was as I described....but doesen't the 04 V6 stang use red coolant? The other thing....the coolant resavour is LOW....the coolant level in the resavour is about at the maximum low mark on the tank....So what do you guys think? They ran a preassure check....came back normal. This would be covered under warrenty, so no cost to me, if there really is a problem. Do the 99+ 3.8 engines have headgasket issues?

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I think that it is to soon to tell if the new engines have head gasket problems.

Why would he ask if you were attached if it is covered under warranty.

I would be like "So wheres my rental car?" I would also plan on turning that rental car in, in absolutly the same condition as I rented it.
 

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I didn't think any V6 stang had HG problems. I thought it was only the MN-12 Bird/Cougars due to the lack of exhuast flow (so Ive been told). I never heard of the Stangs having this problem. And yes, the coolant should be a reddish/orange color.
 

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Usually when coolant mixes with oil, it becomes a light brown chocolate milk colored liquid, not dark brown like you said. But the coolant does have to be going somewhere. Maybe fill up the oil and coolant, and drive for a week or so and when the coolant level goes down a bit see if the oil level is any higher than when you filled it up. If it is, then probably a head gasket. If not, look somewhere else for the coolant leak. Then again, if it is covered under warranty, the "where's my loaner car" approach is probably your best bet. You really have nothing to lose.

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if your getting a new car/motor i'd jump on he chance. most of time with failed motors under warranty the dealership will not even crack open the motor, simply replace it and send it out to be varifed, if there isn't a porblem the dealership will have to pick up the tab insted of ford; so no worries to you.


the reason for early 3.8 HG 'common' failure was due to lack of head bolts to hold the head to the block, a problem that was fixed in the mid 90's
 
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