Re: oil pan gasket removal 2001 ford taurus 3.0
I just replaced my pan due to excess rust. $500 including tax at a local shop.
I would have done it myself, but getting exhausts apart is a definite chore. Unless you are prepared to heat and cut things with an oxyacetylene torch and/or drill with carbide bits you're in for some work.
I'm guessing if the car has enough miles on it for an oil pan gasket leak, those exhaust bolts are good and welded together.
If you do get the exhaust and pan off, and have a fair amount of rust on the pan, and plan to keep the car a while, it might be worth replacing the pan.
Good luck and let us know how it turns out.