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Old 07-28-2003, 06:37 AM   #1
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whats the expected life of a 3.8 with a 4t60e all maintence kept up on time?
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I've seen posts here where people have over 200,000 miles on thier cars! I don't have any hard data though.

I'll bet willwren or fuddyduddy will be able to give you some sort of real stats.
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Your 3800 engine will more then likely outlive the tranmission on these cars.
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Jseabert'* trans failed big-time at 181,000. But that was because of his driving style. It probably would have seen 200k. I don't think you can kill the motor, but you CAN kill you tranny depending on how you drive.
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Bill, if this guy is shifting from first to second at 5500 RPM, that tranny is cooked in the very near future. Its a Bonneville not a Ferrari
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i have 133,000 miles and im on my 2nd tranny and i expect lots of more miles
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my 1986 Buick Park Avenue has 408,000 miles on the original 3.8L, runs alright with a slight knock, also it leaks like hell lol, the transmisson bangs into gears some times....it also leaks lol...im selling it tho...
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I have 204,000 K on mine and still going strong! (Tranny however is leaking a bit....won't go away....leaves a little puddle on garage floor...grrrr any advice?)
Ran into a guy at the pumps one day with a 88 SE. He had 331,000K on his and was still purrin' away Is not unheard of to go in excess of 300K. with proper maintenance.
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Thats what I'm hoping for. Interestingly enough. My dash cluster died at 185 000 km. I replaced it with a used cluster from a 88 SE, it had 322 670 or so clicks on the ticker. Not bad....

All I really want is another 50 K out of that engine, then Jr can have it
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why does every one say i have so and so k and not miles? translate
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