Coolant Leak From Intake Manifold on Lincoln Town Car

The composite (plastic) intake manifold may crack near the thermostat housing and cause a coolant leak. Ford released an updated manifold that was reinforced to prevent a recurrence. No recall was issued for this problem but Ford did extend the warranty to seven years on some models from the date of purchase.

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Average mileage: 131,476 (175–320,000)
Engine affected: 3.8L V6
12 model years affected: 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
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1998 Lincoln Town Car 130,000 mi,
composite plastic intake manifold has crack near thermostat housing can you replace just that part or the whole housing how much
2001 Lincoln Town Car 163,000 mi,
car overheats changed water pump, thermostat, check heater core, front passenger seat floor wet help
2003 Lincoln Town Car 175 mi,
leak near thermostat housing
2000 Lincoln Town Car 85,000 mi,
Crack found on inner thermostat housing, leaking coolant.
1999 Lincoln Town Car 115,788 mi,
the neck cracked bc it got to hot and the neck is just plastic so have to get a new one that wasnt plastic and it works great
1999 Lincoln Town Car 124,321 mi,
Thermostat housing leaking coolant. Manifold cracked in two places - front and rear of manifold. Manifold was replaced. Total bill, including labor was: $839.32
2000 Lincoln Town Car 96,500 mi,
Engine missing, SES came on. Turned it in @ dealership for servicing. Cracked manifold replaced, coolant evacuated from cylinders, and new plugs/plug wires.
had to replace severely cracked manifold
2004 Lincoln Town Car 190,000 mi,
Intake manifold was broken out around the bottom side of the thermostat housing. The manifold was changed and the problem was fixed.
1999 Lincoln Town Car 111,000 mi,
Manifold leaking coolant coming out exaust
2005 Lincoln Town Car 104,000 mi,
Antifreeze leak from intake manifiold. Removed parts above it and found one large crack in intake manifild that was original equipment.It came from factory made out of a hard plastic.Replace with a upgraded intake manifold(after market) with some aluminum parts to it. After all said and done the leaks have stopped and the system is working properly again.Cost of parts and labor 600.00.
1999 Lincoln Town Car 177,000 mi,
Car left me stranded in Gatlinburg , TN. while on vacation. Costs me $1,400.00 to fix at dealer. Ford's recall had run out.
1998 Lincoln Town Car 48,000 mi,
I thought the radiator was running hot. Had that fixed but it continue to run hot, then I found out it was was the in take manifold now it is being repaired and the cost for me is $1700.00. I am not a happy camper.
1996 Lincoln Town Car 95,000 mi,
Small coolant loss at first. Later, when engine rpm are increased, coolant blows out big time, appearing to come from the area behind the alternator up toward the fan. Drive-ability is not feasible until repaired. I'm still weighing my options, a year or more later. This makes me very disappointed and displeased with the quality of this important part, on a so called "luxury car". Come on Ford/Lincoln/whomever, you can do better than this, if nothing else, stay with the tried and true metals of years ago.
2001 Lincoln Town Car - 3.8L V6 110,000 mi,
I an going to replace the whole intake manafold.
2007 Lincoln Town Car 64,000 mi,
intake manifold leak, had to replace the part , I got a discount so it was $ 200, fixed it myself, took about 5 hours to fix !!
2000 Lincoln Town Car 161,348 mi,
Leaks from top back of motor
2000 Lincoln Town Car 145,000 mi,
Cracked at thermostat housing
2003 Lincoln Town Car 155,000 mi,
Leaking water below thermostat housing.