Intake Manifold Gasket May Leak Coolant or Engine Oil on Pontiac Firebird

The intake manifold gasket may develop and external engine oil or coolant leak. In some cases, an internal coolant leak may occur causing coolant to mix with the engine oil. Our technicians tell us that operating the engine  with a coolant/oil mix can result in internal engine damage. Replacing the intake manifold gasket should correct these leaks.

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Average mileage: 133,412 (87,000–243,900)
Engines affected: 3.8L V6, 5.7L V8, V6, V8
7 model years affected: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, more1997, 1998, 2001
14 people reported this problem
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problem details
1997 Pontiac Firebird - 3.8L V6 99,000 mi,
Almost everyone I know with the GM 3.8 has had this intake manifold gasket fail. I dont know why there are only 7 reports here. There is a mechanic in Portland that does nothing but these repairs all day long for used car dealers
2001 Pontiac Firebird - 3.8L V6 243,900 mi,
Oil in the radiator.
1997 Pontiac Firebird - 3.8L V6 87,000 mi,
cost me about $375 to get it fixed.
1993 Pontiac Firebird - 5.7L V8 90,400 mi,
Intake leaking oil. Dripped on distributor so I had to replace it as well. Lasted 20 years so not bad
1996 Pontiac Firebird - V6 105,000 mi,
Engine oil mixed, in radiator fluid
1994 Pontiac Firebird - V8 193,000 mi,
I have a manifold leak