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Old 02-23-2002, 18:43   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking at buying a EA or EB S/W ,what would the average life expectancy of the motor be in Km.
Also if the headgaskets ar prone to failure would it be sensible to replace it before it goes or just leave it alone until it goes.Thanks John.
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Old 02-23-2002, 20:40   #2 (permalink)
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My EA when i bought it had about 420,000k's on the original motor, 1 head replacement was done which was simply a second hand head off a $150 motor out of the quokka. the motor was thrashed heavily, overheated, run for over 200km's with about 2l of water, quite a few k's on the coolant light, many ****ed b/ends and low oil pressure. This motor still runs today, little noisy, but still not ceased.

if you find one under 200,000k's and well maintained it should do you a long time in my opinion, they really are tough built motors

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I would NOT wait till the head gasket goes, replace it before it goes, or you could have all sorts of problems, I know from experience on my old car!!

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Hey dude, my falcon EB 3.9L has gone 220K's and has had nothing done to the engine or transmission. Oil changes have occured at roughly 7,500kms and regular ignition parts checks and replacements where nessasary. Other than minor services, there has been no repairs to the engine. Only problem ive had with my 3.9L is it running hot. A radiator flush and new thermostat fixed that! Its a very reliable engine as long as you dont drive it like ben

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Re: 20000Kms+

well not so much drive like me, just drive, like me.

meaning drive the car when its ****ed.....but hey, my theory was "the pressure cap is off it shouldnt run rough or totally cease it" and it didnt......i actually drove the car with a trailor to pick up the new motor and bring it back to be put in

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If your worried about the head gasket, then regularly get your radiator totally flushed out,I mean get someone to rip the whole thing out and dip it in that acid stuff which will totally eat away at the crap that gets built up in there. This is what one of my mates said to do because the stuff that gets built up goes into the gasket, clogs and blows it, or something like that.
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My estimate on how long a Falcon six would last is something like this:

1 million kays if driven constantly and gently from new, like some taxis.

40,000 kays if thrashed constantly under ridiculous conditions.

Obviously these are extremes, but my point is that it will vary wildly depending on the history of the car in question.
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Old 02-24-2002, 22:23   #8 (permalink)
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My 89 EA has 280 000km on the clock ,no oil leaks-not 1 drop,runs almost perfectly excepting the belt driven fans clutch is screwed,will be fixed b4 friday ,wich is driving with your brain out day 4 me !.
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I've seen alot of high mileage Falcons from 700,000 to 1.2 million and most of these are taxis and these things are not street machine material but they have oil changes of around 20000-25000km and maybe a filter,they run all the time which is good but sitting at ilde is not really good for a motor and then they get the ring cained out of them by drivers how don't give a shit and still go.Now if thats not a strong motor then I don't know what is.How many commodores do you see as Taxis????
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Old 02-25-2002, 19:14   #10 (permalink)
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I dont think thats the deal i've seen a VR Taxi with 800'000 on the original motor, my mates a taxi driver, the only reason most taxi's are fords is because FORD has a deal with the taxi association so they get the cars cheaper, it isnt any better, and just the same as the COPS have a deal with HOLDEN as every cop car here is a holden
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