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Old 12-16-2003, 12:46 AM   #1
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Ok here is one I am sure at some point has been asked. We all know that this motor is a good motor. But how long will it last, I know with the right maintenance will be a factor. I have one of my own that has 194000kms on it and I am the second owner. I have a friend looking to buy one and it is a 1993 with 270000kms. So is there anyone on here that has a car with even more mileage and has an idea what GM thinks it will last for.
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A long time as long as you take care of it, and don't have the dreaded upper intake failure. The engine should outlast the trans easily. Several cars here have gone over 300,000 miles.
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For freakin ever! If you do the proper maintenance on them, and don't beat the **** out of them, I wouldn't doubt it if one went 1,000,000 miles. They are nearly bulletproof.

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I wish I saw one with 1,000,000 miles. Then you could say the 3800 lasts as long as a K&N air filter But yes Miketa, these engines last quite a long time with regular maintenance, and a 180 stat helps too.

As long as your friend gets a good deal on the one with 270,000kms and it was well cared for, he should be pleased.
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Thanks all....I am also lad to hear that myself. I haven't really had any problems with mine and I love it. I would have to say this it the best car I have owned.
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FYI the 93 does not have a Series II.

My 93 has 146,000 miles. My 89 had 252,000 when I sold it.
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A guy i know had an '89 sse with 230,000 and he did not take care of it at all
he used 5w30 WAL-MART OIL and well; he changed oil in it when ever he felt
like it he was a car dealer so he put an a lot of miles on in a year. He finely retired it
when the trans whent. Poor 3800 R.I.P!!!
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Well, I can't say much cause I have a rather new engine, but my trans is original, with over 174,000 miles on it. Never had a problem with it..... knock on wood...
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My car is approaching 200,000 miles on it, or 321,868 kms, and still runs very strong. It pegs the boost gauge, and I can break 'em loose without even thinking about it (though I don't do it very often). I just replaced the tranny, so it went 200,000 miles before needing replaced. That rates as excellent in my book...
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hey uhh..... what'* wrong with Wal*Mart Oil? it'* not wax based....
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