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That's an excellent comprehensive write-up. It needs putting in the stickies.
 

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Most of these scribes/journalists have no experience on the 3.2 Awd Q4 models,just regurgitating what other sctibes have written.
IMHO the 3.2 engine is reliable as long as regular servicing is adhered to with frequent oil changes using the approved lubricants and also paying attention to transmission/transfer case oil changes. Don't follow the owners manual for service intervals as they are too far apart leading to "oil sludge" building up which can gunk up sensors and lead to premature wear on the chain guides. Biggest problem I've had is being aware of speed bumps , kerbs, and low ramps which may scrape exhaust and undersides. Be aware of exhaust and position of lambda sensor which can be damaged if exhaust is grounded. Just as important is considered starts warming engine up to normal operating temps allow all metal/alloys to achieve optimum thermal expansion avoiding premature wear on chains as well as other engine/ transmission components. From my racing experiences, is
is look at Racing engines which are always warmed up to optimise temps before racing,same goes to achieve longevity for your engines.Preventative maintenance us cheaper than having to re- build engines/transmissions.
 
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