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Old 04-24-2008, 02:53 PM   #1
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my girlfriend needs a car (i'll add the word "still" for anyone who remembers me saying this before) and not far from my home is a 93 cutlass ciera *. it'* white, looks to be in good condition, has the usual amount of wisconsin rust, but that'* been painted over. it has only 110k on the clock, and he'* asking $1,150 (which i blue booked, and it'* right).

what i don;t know is what motor it is. if it'* the 3.1, i know those eat intake gaskets. if that'* the case, i'm willing to guess they're bad. are those hard to replace? are there any common problems with this car that i/we should be advised of?
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The intake gaskets on the 3100 are more involved to change than on a 3800. That'* for sure. The pushrods have to be removed.

If that'* the 3300, definitely go for it. The 3300 is just as strong as the 3800, but wasn't used for very long.
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on kbb.com, it didn't have the 3.3 as an option for the motor....
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on kbb.com, it didn't have the 3.3 as an option for the motor....
Maybe that motor ended in 1992 then. My wife had a Cutless Ciera (we called it the Gutless ) and it had the 3300. It wasn't a common motor, but definitely reliable. It'* based off the 3800, but didn't last long for whatever reason.
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well thanks for the help, i'm gonna go look at the car hopefully tonight when i'm done with work and see how it runs.
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It'* based off the 3800, but didn't last long for whatever reason.
they basically are the same motor. 3.3 is to a 3.8, as a 305 is to a 350.

but the 3300s had a diferent fi system, i think they called it rapid fire or something.
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A smaller 3.3 L 3300 was introduced in 1989 and produced through 1993. It is effectively a lower-deck version of the 3800, with a smaller 3.70 in (93.98 mm) bore and a 3.16 in (80.26 mm) stroke for a total of 3344 cc (204 in). Like the 3800, it used a cast iron block and heads, pushrods, and hydraulic lifters. Unlike the 3800, however, it used a batch-fire injection system rather than sequential injection, as evidenced by the lack of a cam position sensor. Power output was 160 hp (119 kW) at 5200 rpm and 185 lbft (251 Nm) at 2000 rpm with a 5500 rpm redline.

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awesome, i really hope that this car has the 3.3
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3300 is a great motor.

(Sez the Admin that owned a 93 Ciera with the beast under the hood)
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3300 is a pretty good motor... It does however lack a Balance shaft which will give it a bit of a jiggle.. But its a Peppy little motor.. 93 was most likely the best year for this motor and last year of production.. You can call it the little brother of the 3800

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