Originally Posted by ChilinMichael
Uhmm...those are the ones that are the most dead...ever heard of the Cams? They weren't welded correctly..go look it up...just about every Ford Taurus SHO with the V8 has had that problem unless the person was knowledgeable enough to go get the cams welded...
Back on topic to 3.8 vs 3.8...
Actually Mike, to say it correctly, they werent welded period. The sprocket was swedged on the cam, which is a common practice nowadays, but not in motors that regularly see 8000 rpms.
WELDING them is the solution.
The V6 SHO engine (3.0 and 3.2) however are known to be bulletproof.
Also, I'm going to put my two cents in on the 3.8 vs 3.8 theory...
You can't compare two motors just because the displacement is the same...
Lets take for instance the 5.0 Chevy (305 Small block) vs the 5.0 Ford (302 Small Block).... The differences are night and day.
I'm a Ford guy. I'll say it once, I'll say it again. Do I think the N/A Ford 3.8 is a good motor?
It depends. The throttle body and carbuerated versions were bulletproof but had NO power (just like the carbed Buick 3.8 )... 88-95 Fuel Injected motors? No. I stay away from them like the plague. Head problems, Rod Bearings, Oil Pump failures... They were cobbled together in a hurry by Ford, and the consequences were dire.
Now, the 3.8 Split Port in the Windstars, that'* a great improvement. 200 hp/ 240 tq, those numbers were a bit more respectable, not to mention the engines were more reliable.
Now, */C 3800 vs */C Ford 3.8? I'd take the Ford hands down, any day. The aftermarket is greater, I feel the platforms they were offered in were better, and they are a much more reliable engine than the N/A 3.8.
In the end, every company has it'* weaknesses and strong points. Making stupid comments because you're biased only proves how inept you are.
The 3800 has it'* own flaws too, but it its a great engine.