V6 (1994-2004) MustangsTechnical discussions on the 3.8L and 3.9L V6 torque monsters Sponsored by Optima Batteries
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Well I think $1100-1200 isnt that bad for the upgrade, but it does come down to what you can afford.
I also would not take their word that the engine has only 24k on it, always ask for a confirmation on the odo (A picture), most will not be able to give this to you though and they will say that the car is long gone and the engine has been stored for a while or something around those lines.
Low mile 3.8's are very hard to come by.
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I have a 95 3.8l. Blowed the head gasket on it. I found a 2001 3.8 in a Mustang for 300 buck what should I do any help would be appreciated. My wife really love this car. How hard would swap be and do I need anything special for the swap
Actually 94/95 v6s were slightly different than 96/98 V6s which are different from 99/00 V6s, which are different from 01/04 v6s and late 04s have a different V6.
In a nut shell they are all interchangeable with each other. They all use the same motor mounts, same install procedure and what not.
For a direct swap you need a 96/98 V6. The 94/95s use OBDI technology and EEC IV ecus. So they are setup a little differently than a 96+ that are all OBDII EEC V technology. Any 99-04 V6 will swap in, however you need the entire engine (oil pan to the air intake that goes into the fender well), the wiring harness, and the ECU. As they use a different air intake setup, different wiring harness, and ignition system (mainly spark plug wires and coil pack location and setup, should come on the new motor).
Also keep in mind that 94/95 and some early 96 Mustangs had severe head gasket failure problems. While all 94-04 Mustangs are prone to head gasket failure due to the difference in metals in the heads and the block, the 94/95s were more prone than any other year. In middle 96 Ford made better gaskets that dropped the failure rate, but not completely.
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