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Ford's Duratec 35, 3.5-liter V6

maddmikemaddmike Posts: 12
edited March 2014 in Mazda
I saw several smaller discussions about the CX-9 power plant in the main 2007 Mazda CX-9 thread, but I thought it was time to break out the discussion on what may be the weakest link in the CX-9.

I have a CX-9 fully loaded Grand Touring on order. I'm waiting for the power liftgate so it won't arrive until April. I have the confidence in the entire vehicle except the motor and I'd like to make sure I'm making the right choice. After all, it's nearly a $40K investment.

I'm a stickler for preventative maintenance. Based on my personal experience I've never had an American made motor make it too far past 150K miles while I've had two motors from Japan make it over 250K.

I'd love to be the first to jump up and down and say to my friends "Hey that's good old fashion American hardware under the hood", but given the lifespan record of American power plants I don't want to be laughed at.

Ford says they plan to put the Duratec 35 in 1 out of 5 cars they produce. This could be good for parts availability and cost, or it could be bad based on Ford's current business.

I realize that these aren't out on the streets yet, but I wanted to get this thread going to see what others think about Ford's Duratec 35 both now and when they actually get behind the wheel of one (Edge, MKX, or CX-9).

Here are some interesting articles I found during my searching.

Ford starts ‘em up By Tim Rausch (LimoOhio.com)
http://www.limaohio.com/story.php?IDnum=26616

A Triumph of Will By Drew Winter (Ward's AutoWorld)
http://wardsautoworld.com/ar/auto_triumph/

Ford's New Duratec 35 V-6 Named to Ward's '10 Best Engines' List (Ford Press Release)
http://media.ford.com/newsroom/release_display.cfm?release=24981

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