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Old 02-28-2002, 22:24   #1 (permalink)
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the big 100k

My baby hasn't hit the big 100k yet, got about 10k to go.
Reading somewhere that the head gasket goe's at about the 100,000km mark. Can anyone confirm this? What else should i expect to fail/break as the km's start to build up?
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Old 02-28-2002, 22:54   #2 (permalink)
Is it cos i is black?
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Get the tranny checked/serviced (especially if you have an early 4 speed) properly by a transmission specialist.

How are the shock absorbers?

Radiator might need to be flushed or replaced depending on condition.

My beast has almost hit the 200k mark and still runs perfectly, so hopefully you will get the same trouble-free driving experience for a lot more k's to come.
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Old 03-01-2002, 12:34   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Mick - you buy that off a grannie who did 2000 k's a year or is it an reco motor??? Just curious as there would not be many EA's under the 150 000 mark, let alone 100k.

Just curious......

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Old 03-01-2002, 13:22   #4 (permalink)
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100 K mark +


Ford motors are undestructable... I bought my 90' EA GL through a car dealer and the last owner was a 70 year old man... and my car is at the 237,000 km mark and everything in the motor is original and hasn't broken down in any way except for the coolant that has cracked and blew up open and has undergone the normal car service every 5000km.
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Old 03-01-2002, 14:10   #5 (permalink)
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Reminds me

The history of my car shows it did the head gasket at around 120k - this was before I bought it. I have no idea why it went as I did not have the car, but it shows up as having been done.

As for the motor being indestructible - mine was pretty tough for the 120k I put on it before swapping over for the 4.0 donk.

Pretty much I busted hoses on it three times - and each time I was running on gas which saved me (b4 anyone asks - this is because the mixer system on the gas requires coolant to be circulating and stopping the gas/system from freezing up. Bust a hose, no coolant, gas system freezes up, motor can't run because no gas).

Having said that - the motor got very very farking hot all three times and it pissed coolant (or whatever the hell is was - it looked damn nasty - almost black the shite was) out all over the place and here I was nearly in tears thinking I have cooked the ol' girl and.......

New hose - let it cool down and lo and behold it kicks over - not seized and running fine and still went along without missing a beat. Before going through this, I thought the 3.9 motor was not the strongest. It may not be the strongest, but after mine went through what it did and still loved hauling arse - I definitely have a much healther respect for the strength of the ol' 3.9.

btw - don't anyone bag me about the state of the cooling system on the old motor. I did so much work to that sucker including all new hoses, flushes and even pulling the tanks off the radiator and so forth....

Later guys,

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Old 03-01-2002, 16:19   #6 (permalink)
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ex taxi

my dads ex taxi EA has done like 1.3 million kays with 3 different engines and yea it goes well just the outside is totally ****ed!!!
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