My worst engine was in a 1981 Cutlass LS sedan. 3.8 L V6, damn thing. Bought it used in 1989. I became an expert in head gasket replacement over several years. I could swap in new gaskets in about 3 hours, including the coolant flush and fill. Gaskets were cheap, a new car was just totally out of reach. I remember those days.
I've wrenched, serviced, and worked on every car I've ever owned, except for my current SUV. It's actually cheaper to get the dealership to do the oil changes and maintenance. Damn synthetic oil is $9 a quart. The upside is oil changes are 10,000 miles apart.
YUP! I bet every one of us has some story to tell about a horrible vehicle we have owned.87 Lincoln Continental. More gadgets than you could shake a stick at and virtually none of them worked as intended. I bought it in 97 when I was still a poor bastard and it cost me a fortune to keep on the road. No matter how well I prepared it for winter two years in a row the freeze plugs went on it. The last straw was the air bags in the suspension as I could not afford to get them fixed. As I recall the engine was a strong runner, when it did run. Sold that car for scrap and bought a friends 88 E-150 with two captains chairs and absolutely nothing else in the interior. I bought that van for $500 and put 42,000 miles on it over the course of three years traveling around Michigan and Ohio playing in softball tournaments. Even lived out of it for a week and a half when me and a roommate decided we both wanted to be the alpha male. The ensuing brawl was a good one. I may have won the fight but was asked politely by the Durand police department to leave the premises:black_eyed:. Grabbed my camping gear and clothing and never went back. Secured an apartment of my own and I believe the van missed my company so much it decided to throw a drive shaft at 65 mph. That was a wild ride and a fitting end to a GREAT vehicle! Sold that van to a guy who wanted the engine and newer all terrain tires for..............$500
Good list of engines to avoid but I would love to hear some of your opinions on the best engines both current and past. I have a few I considered favorites such as the Dodge slant 6 I think 225 and the 289 Ford and 383 Chrysler. Most of my buddies swore by the GM 327 but I never owned one.Fun thread with many opinions.
In a previous life, I spent 10 years and ASE auto tech at a independent shop (my brother is still there as the service manager).
We worked on everything from Dodge Omni to Ferrari.
In my humble opinion, I wouldn't wish these engines / cars on anyone:
GM 6.2 Diesels
Ford Triton V8 97- current w/ spark plugs in top of engine that get stuck - JUNK JUNK
Dodge Caravan with the 4cyl turbo. (made in the 80s.)
Cadillac Catera - junk car, JUNK!
Chevy GMC S10 series with 2.8 V6
Any Audi - literally any.
GM Odd fire 3.8 V6 (early 80s)
Ford / Lincoln with 3.8 V6 (90s)
Ford Explorers and Rangers with 4.0 V6 (1990s)
Toyota 4Runner / pickups with 3.0 V6 - horrible design and flaws with heads / gaskets.
Any stupid conversion van with a stupid "Dog House" when you need to remove a TV and VCR to change the plug wires - DUMB.
All cars / engines are junk in one way or another.
Yes, the engine was fun and sounded great. Electrical issues, coolant issues, intake issues, vacuum problems, transmission - never ending on the 5-10 customers had had them over they years at our shop. I'm sure some have run great for years though...What's wrong with the VW VR6? Those things are bullet proof, go like a cat on fire, and sound like heaven. And you can get very many horsepressures to live inside them with little effort.
I had an 04 r32 golf which had the schmedium size vr6 and the 4motion 6 speed. I personally never had a single problem with either, but that may have been the exception.Yes, the engine was fun and sounded great. Electrical issues, coolant issues, intake issues, vacuum problems, transmission - never ending on the 5-10 customers had had them over they years at our shop. I'm sure some have run great for years though...