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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-29-2012, 04:25 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Engine Longevity - Bragging Rites

My 96 DCM SS has 279,870 miles and has never had any major ENGINE work....

Still Runs Extremely Strong.

What HAS Been Changed:

Water Pumps - 4 - Happily under "Mr. Goodwrench" Warranty (Also Mr. "G" on my A/C Compressor !!!)

OptiSpark - 1 - Changed @ 200,000 Miles "Just Because it was time" (Used OEM Replacement)

Plugs and Wires - 2 - Once @ 100,000 Miles and Once @ 200,00 Miles "Because it was time"

EGR - Once @ ?????? Miles "Because it failed"

Idler Pulley (Belt Tensioner) - More than I can count ~ Maybe 6 ???

Exhaust Manifold Bolts - ALL - Done with heads on, Welding Nuts to Remove Broken Bolts

Harmonic Balancer - Once @ ~ 150,000 Miles - Outer part was "slipping"

Last edited by pjslover; 10-30-2012 at 03:39 AM. Reason: Corrected "Idler Pulley to Belt Tensioner" - ADDED ENGINE to "any major work line"
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-29-2012, 04:39 AM
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You have to put on another 100k to get close to me. 94 Fleetwood: original manifold bolts, alternator, power steering pump, 1 water pump, original opti changed @ 250k, & still running.
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Impressive....I can only hope, mine is just broken in at 120K.

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\'96 IMP SS BBB ,Stock, airbox is swiss cheese, K&N filter, Ultra Flows.
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pics...or your lying.

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221k on my gold wagon.

1995 Gold Caprice Wagon
1991 White Caprice Wagon SOLD
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the last time the cluster lit up it showed 225,000 on my caprice, I don't know how accurate it is though, I also don't know what all has been changed. I noticed that the water pump looks new and all the front end components look new, tie rod ends, idler arm, ball joints etc.. and when I got the car it had a burnt up 4l60e trans.

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Smile Pics - Of What ?

What pics would prove my assertion? And why would i lie, what would be the point?????
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 01:31 AM
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Check with Mike Lukens down in SoFaSSt . . . He is pushing 350,000 if he hasn't already passed it.

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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 01:33 AM
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308,000. I have replaced, ball joints, transmission at 220,000, 2 water pumps, 1 steering pump, MSD Cap and rotor, radiator, heater core, 160 Stat with pcmperformance.com tune, Dynomax Ultraflo SS Catback, LT4KM, K & N box filter, Delco wires and plugs, both fan motors, A/C clutch. Otherwise, usual maintenance like brake pads, oil and filter changes(Mobil 1 0w-40) and chassis lube.
Engine still runs very strong and sounds great, still doing daily driver duty. Most of the time, if I pull out of the driveway I am going to drive 60 or more miles. I think being driven on the highway a lot in a rust free environment helps with longevity.

Jim B.

'95 9c1, pcmperformance.com 93 tune, Dynomax Ultraflo catback, K & N box filter, LT4 KM, 160 stat, 3.08 Posi.

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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 03:02 AM
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OP, I cannot believe you still have the original belt tensioner!

What happened to EGR valve? My original EGR valve had bad diaphragm but never set a code. The replacement valve has fine diaphragm but sets 32 code occasionally. Go figure.

There’s nothing as permanent as a temporary solution.

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