Originally Posted by jr's3800
I don't remember where I read it, But I read somewhere that Gm was wanting to degrade the quality of some of their motors, as certain ones were lasting way too long... In other words, people were driving 15 year old cars still, and would not go buy a new GM as their old GM car was still running too good... And then when they run good with 280,000 miles on them, burn no oil, and have 5 psi of diffrence at most between cylinders, what would be the reason to get rid of it when you would get almost nothing for the car...
That'* what happened back in the early 70s when the Chevy 350 was really popular. The engines were so well built and so easy to work on that they never broke. And GM was losing money from it. My dad still has his Chevy 350 in the garage from his old 71 Chevelle. They just last forever, and GM didn't like it.
I can see GM doing the same thing to the 3800. I have a feeling in many years, the 3800 will be a collectable for enthusiasts, just as the old Chevy 350s are today.