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My Imp's getting it's gaskets replaced
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:51 pm    Post subject:  My Imp's getting it's gaskets replaced Reply with quote

LIM gasket of course. Thanks to the info on this site at least I knew it was only a matter of time and I expected it. It's at the shop now. Not a job I felt like tackling myself and my friend will will do a good job for me at a good price.

Can't wait to get it back and not have to smell antifreeze or check the coolant once a week anymore. Fortunately mine was only leaking on the outside and none in the oil.

Now when I get it back I need to fix my intermediate steering shaft clunking.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:18 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

That sucks it happend, but good it's getting fixed. You would think after 22 years of production GM would have the 3800 engine design figured out.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:42 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Finally gettin her fixed, good deal. might run ya close to a thousand bucks anywhere else. Good thing your having a friend doing it. Very Happy Nice looking Imp too! I like the wheels and the pinstripe.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:46 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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You would think after 22 years of production GM would have the 3800 engine design figured out.


They did, they stopped making it

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:14 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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You would think after 22 years of production GM would have the 3800 engine design figured out.


They did, they stopped making it

Laughing That's just plain funny. Overall it is a good motor, my old Bonneville did that at 180,000 miles and I am fairly sure it was done before. Still got a lot of life out of that car.
Back on topic, good that it is being fixed before any major issues started. Now you won't have to worry about it again for a long time.
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Finally gettin her fixed, good deal. might run ya close to a thousand bucks anywhere else. Good thing your having a friend doing it. Very Happy Nice looking Imp too! I like the wheels and the pinstripe.
Thanks guys. I really like my Imp and hope it lasts me many trouble-free years after this. It still seems practically new to me, with only 84K miles.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:03 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Run it till it's dead, if it's paid off then that makes it even better. 84K miles isn't anything for that motor. Even if the motor fails a used one is easy to come by since it was os widely used by GM for a long period of time.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:16 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Run it till it's dead, if it's paid off then that makes it even better. 84K miles isn't anything for that motor. Even if the motor fails a used one is easy to come by since it was os widely used by GM for a long period of time.


mine is and i'm saving up for a very special mod for it too...

btw glad it wasn't in the oil for your LIM i did mine myself took ~ 6 hours overall since i had sabrewings guide to help me alot

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:32 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Guys he has the 3400 according to his garage, but they stopped making that one too, so everything said still applies Smile I really like the color and stripe...it's very sharp....the wheels almost look like the stock only in chrome. I dig it...

Bri are you going to lube the shaft or have it replaced?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:37 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Guys he has the 3400 according to his garage, but they stopped making that one too


Which was an even better business decision. Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:13 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Guys he has the 3400 according to his garage, but they stopped making that one too


Which was an even better business decision. Laughing


Nonsense!! Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:21 am    Post subject:  Re: My Imp's getting it's gaskets replaced Reply with quote

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Can't wait to get it back and not have to smell antifreeze or check the coolant once a week anymore. Fortunately mine was only leaking on the outside and none in the oil.


Since I had a small coolant leak for years (I assume it was a slowly failing LIM gasket) I still check everything once a week out of habit. I can tell you its really nice not having to add coolant every other week to keep the system full.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:39 am    Post subject:  Re: My Imp's getting it's gaskets replaced Reply with quote

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Can't wait to get it back and not have to smell antifreeze or check the coolant once a week anymore. Fortunately mine was only leaking on the outside and none in the oil.


Since I had a small coolant leak for years (I assume it was a slowly failing LIM gasket) I still check everything once a week out of habit. I can tell you its really nice not having to add coolant every other week to keep the system full.


After two summers of leaking coolant, the smell of dexcool gives me stress headaches now. It's wonderful not to be constantly topping it off and finding it all under the car later.

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Guys he has the 3400 according to his garage, but they stopped making that one too, so everything said still applies Smile I really like the color and stripe...it's very sharp....the wheels almost look like the stock only in chrome. I dig it...

Bri are you going to lube the shaft or have it replaced?

Jeff
Thanks. The wheels are polished aluminum off a Grand Prix. I like that they are not something you see on every other Imp. so it changes the look a little.

Yes it is paid for. All 6 of our cars are paid off. No car payments is the way to go!!! It's all about budgeting and getting your priorities straight Smile Think of any loan payment as just a Minimum Payment and pay extra every time if possible.

Yes it is a 3400 but yeah pretty much same issues. No motor is perfect and I disagree with many on here because I think the 3800 is/was a great motor.

I'm going to try just lubing it first. Hopefully that will fix it.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:23 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Yes it is paid for. All 6 of our cars are paid off. No car payments is the way to go!!! It's all about budgeting and getting your priorities straight Smile Think of any loan payment as just a Minimum Payment and pay extra every time if possible.



Just an FYI... making extra payments on a car loan doesn't save you any money (like it does on a mortgage), it just lets you pay it off faster, which is arguably a waste of money...

Since the extra payments don't reduce the amount of interest you pay, you should invest that money to earn interest (or cap gains) on it or you are throwing away money

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