I did the intake gaskets and valve cover gaskets at roughly 140ish K.... I bought the car as a former rental.. I went with the 180 T stat and have run it the entire time I have owned the car... This is what the inside of my motor looked like when I pulled the lower intake..
Here is the head.... Not bad for the Mileage, years and abuse..
Even with the 180 T-Stat, I pulled down 33 Mpg in 35-45F weather with 60-80 Rpms of trans slip between the input and output shaft...
This car has always burned 3/4 of a quart in 3000 miles... Did it when I bought it and still does it now
Thats what the bottom of the lower looked like when I yanked it
At 154k I'll keep the 180F... By the time I ever see 200k I will most like rebuild anyhow
But yes I will also agree to disagree
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