First post here (although long time reader) and after searching all threw your database I was hoping I could find some answers but actually ended up with more questions. Hopefully you wonderful forum people can shed some light on this.
I have a 1995 Camaro with the 3800 series II engine. It seems to shutter and backfire really hard if I accelerate, but if I stomp on it, it accelerates fine.
It has a obvious water/coolant leak around the intake and overheating issues (as a result of the leak). When I look in the radiator I can see oil floating in the water. Now everything I've read on this says that chances are its NOT a blown head gasket and replacement of the intake seals will fix this problem.
But it also has a "low oil" dummy light come on when its been sitting over night and I start it, if I start it after its been sitting for a few hours, no light.
My initial thought was to replace the engine with another 3800 but when I read on swaps all the guides say "you can get (insert list here) of engines to fit, but the 95."
I priced a rebuild because of this from my local mechanic at $4843 ($3373 of that is the engine) which seems a bit steep.
So my questions are this. First off, do you believe that the shutter/backfire, coolant leak, and low oil all be fixed with new gaskets/seals on the intake? If not has anyone done a engine rebuild/swap on a 95 and is it better to get a new engine or fix the old one?
Thanks for your time.