Join Date: Feb 2011
Bullitt Color: DHG
Bullitt Serialized Number: 5613
So, I am in my 3rd, Bullitt. I am back to stay as I obviously love these cars and its my favorite out of the 17 V-8 American muscle cars I have owned. Anyway, with 3 young kids I decided it was time to stick to a car I knew I would love long term and give up the high priced cars.
So, short story long, I found one for $10K one owner, and he was 52 year old Air Force vet that had a 65 FB and a newer BOSS 302. Good find IMO. 2009 with 100k miles. I have had it 6 months. After I got it home had the oil changed, at Dealership, so I knew I was good to go. Over the 6 months I only put 3K miles on it.
Now the bad part... I had noticed a noise ticking, something that sounded like exhaust, heat shield, or as a past experience a throw-out bearing and I assumed clutch might be going. Nothing alarming until last weekend. I ran it through a carwash, and buy the time it came out if was making terrible knocking, pinging noise. I freaked jumped in the car check gauges and all looked ok. so, I rev'd the car and noise went away. hmm ok drove it home with no noise. Next day I go to drive it and engine light is on... codes were P00174 and I think P00012. lean bank and retard timing?
Next day its at the dealership. Now I am embarrassed, because their phone call to me was you were 3 quarts low on oil. I don't know how in 3k miles, but I am more embarrassed I didn't check dip stick but the noise just didn't seem to come from engine. So, Ford did their diagnostics removing one value cover and stated that the CAM journals are severely scored, and they suggest a new block/engine.
So, I just had the oil changed with a treatment, and all noise and ticking is gone. It runs through all gears and high RPM with no issue, but after it was running for about 40min today at some stop signs ticking started up and timing felt off. That went away once I took off but felt sluggish.
With all that, I don't want to be beat up over this and I know this is a good forum with guys that have the same love I have for these Bullitts. So, I am just wondering if there is any advice for extending the life of this motor, are there options beyond the $7K Ford wanted for block/motor replacement. Also, shouldn't there be some indication from the car that the car is low on oil, oil pressure change, temp change..something. Any ideas where 3 quarts went in 3K miles with no leaks.
Thanks in advance for any advice, besides checking the dipstick every 500 miles, I do appreciate your time and insight as I do intend to keep this car or another 08-09 Bullitt.