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1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

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Old 12-02-2005, 03:36 PM   #21
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its a record in that this is one of the only times i can remember hearing about a 3800 engine having some sort of internal failure like that, it sure doesnt happen very often thats for sure.

as for a mileage record...nah not even close, my SE had 157,xxx(its in the sig) when i killed it, and it still ran like a champ. and there are several cars here with more than that, and i believe the record is somewhere close to 300,000? and thats just what we know of.
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fially found out the outcome. I threw a Rod too much money for repair rplacement engin cummin soon blown at 152,000 is this a record?
Nah...Jessie'* is at 247+ and we have seen 300K miles.

It'* a good durable motor though.
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fially found out the outcome. I threw a Rod too much money for repair rplacement engin cummin soon blown at 152,000 is this a record?
That'd be a record low!

Highest we've seen her is 340,000 on an L36 and 383,000 on an L27. Not sure what the record is on an L67.
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I have seen as much as 320,000 on an LN3( still good ) and about 300,000 on an L27 and 340,000 on a series II member here in Melborune FL...

I have seen other LN3 bonnies in the junk yard with 290,000-300,000 repeatedly... They just keep going

The one I got for cheap in the middle of my sig shows 250,000

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252,100 miles Great compression, oil pressure, and still accellerates VERY well. Fixing to take her to Houston in two weeks so I can pay for a speeding ticket
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Actually i meant a record for lowest milage to blow an engine as one understood
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I'm sure others have blown them quicker.
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Actually i meant a record for lowest milage to blow an engine as one understood
I repaired a '97 SSEi that had spun a rod bearing at 102K mi. Here'* how I think it happens. You have probably heard drivers do this too. Person starts car and immediately revs engine really high or repeatedly races the engine before the pump has a chance to pump oil to the bearings. All the bearings and journals have for lubrication is the film that remains from the last time it was run. So, if a car is overdue for an oil change and the lubricity of the oil is questionable, and the car has been sitting for a while, and some fool does the high rev deal, I can see premature bearing damage as a result.

I had a neigbor lady destroy the engine in a new Mercury at less than 30K mi, because of this foolish behavior.
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Actually i meant a record for lowest milage to blow an engine as one understood
I have pretty much never seen a 3800 pop in the early miles... Thats not to say it can't be done... The earliest I have seen a 3800 II L36 pop was at 116,000 miles... The rod just snapped in two... We never did figure that one out... we were thinking manufacturing flaw, as there were no other problems...

I have seen a few 3100 V6'* pop a rod before the warranty ran out...

A coworker a while back bought a chevy Malibu loaded with a 3100 V6, brand new off the floor... At 900 miles as they were coming back from Orlando the engine all of the sudden went boom... Rod went right through the block... He was doing about 70mph in top gear... The old 2.8 V6 in his GMC S15 I think it was had 250,000 miles on it and was still running... He fought with chevy and finally got another engine... He never had another problems with it for the next 3 or 4 years he had it...

We knew another lady that had an Olsmobile Cutlass( same as the malibu ) it too had a 3100... At 26,000 miles while they were going 75-80 in top gear down I-95 it tossed a rod right through the block, it was still full on the dipstick too...LMAO... Chevy replaced that motor too...

I haven't heard much about the 3800'* tho...

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