1997 Ford F150 XL 4.2 from North America
Intake gasket failed at 124,900 causing engine failure.
This consistent problem evidently has occurred with many loyal drivers and manufacturer does nothing.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 15th September, 2004
18th Sep 2004, 06:47
I must take issue with this review. As a mechanic I must point out that a failure of an "intake gasket" will NOT cause an engine to be damaged beyond repair. Simply put, in a non-turbo application, a failure of an intake gasket will just cause a massive vacuum leak. This leak will not be a catastrophic failure. It will be a gradual lessening of the power of the engine due to air being drawn into the manifold through the leak and causing a severe lean mixture. Anyone driving a vehicle with this problem should be able to tell long before it causes the engine to stop operating. This condition is much more the fault of the operator than the manufacturer of the vehicle.