Intake Manifold Gasket May Leak Coolant or Engine Oil on Buick Regal

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 105,405 (84,000–180,690)
Engines affected: 3.1L V6, 3.8L V6, 3.8L V6 Supercharged
8 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 2000, 2001, 2002
12 people reported this problem
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Intake leaking a little oil and a lot of coolant. Had to putt intake and replace gasket.
Leaked oil and antifreeze into the plugs causing everything else to happen plugs, plug wires, intake manifold gasket all had to be replaced $1500! 2000 Buick Regal gs trash. This happened even after the apparent recall fix. Did I take it back to Buick? No! But they should pay for it. Fat chance!
Check engine light came on and started flashing. Car ran rough. When shut off, wouldn't restart. Intake manifold gasket leak. Antifreeze in oil. Would have had to replace the intake manifold gasket, plenum, spark plugs, flush antifreeze system and change oil. Decided not to fix it, sent it to salvage yard.