3.4L yamaha V8 SHO reliability?

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Anyone know anything about the 3rd gen SHOs with the 3.4L yamaha V8? I know they have that cam failure problem, but welding them fixes the problem. But that aside, how is the cars reliability? can they last a good amount of miles?
 
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I always thougt that little Yamaha V-8 they put in the SHO was a neat engine. Too bad it wasn't more popular!
 
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The biggest issue with those has to do with what you mentioned. Otherwise they seem to be super reliable if you keep them happy with oil.
 
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 Originally Posted By: Nate_V8
Anyone know anything about the 3rd gen SHOs with the 3.4L yamaha V8? I know they have that cam failure problem, but welding them fixes the problem. But that aside, how is the cars reliability? can they last a good amount of miles?
If you get one let us know how it is to drive.........
 
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My 98 turns corners better than anything I have owned, and cruises nice up to about 75-80MPH.......but with 145 HP is wanting for more little ponies. I have read the SHO V-8 runs like an F-1 engine...........I would love to drive one. Of course the new SHO will put it to shame but so what. I would love to own one as a collector car.
 
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 Originally Posted By: oilboy123
I have read the SHO V-8 runs like an F-1 engine...........I would love to drive one. Of course the new SHO will put it to shame but so what.
During testing I believe they ran it at redline for almost 24 hours and it didnt seem to even phase it. I've always loved those funky v6 and v8 yamaha/ford engines that make my SVT jealous.
 
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 Originally Posted By: Nate_V8
Anyone know anything about the 3rd gen SHOs with the 3.4L yamaha V8? I know they have that cam failure problem, but welding them fixes the problem. But that aside, how is the cars reliability? can they last a good amount of miles?
Ford has recommended most of their engines switch to a 5W-20 oil. The V8 3.4 SHO is NOT one of them. Stick to your 5W-30 oil. And, of course, get the cams welded. Otherwise you are looking at engine failure. BTW, buying a short block directly through Ford is still about $12K, so do the preventive work. Through ebay is about $400. Individual components for this engine are pretty high and will remain so. The weakest component of this car is still the tranny.
 
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