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1MZ-FE - head gasket failure prevalence
I don't actually own a true badged Toyota Camry (though I would like to one day, and I am looking into a 4 cylinder Gen 3 as a second car), but I do own two cars that share the same engine as the later 3rd gen V6 Camry, which I believe was introduced for the 1994 MY. One of them is my daily (Avalon) and it's been absolutely fantastic.
However, I also own a 1996 Lexus ES 300 that was diagnosed with a blown head gasket and a warped cylinder head at cylinder 2 (cylinder 2 also failed a compression test) after it overheated six weeks after I bought it. This was the first time it ever overheated in the short period of time that I've owned it, and for what it's worth, I had never driven it more than a few miles at a time before this happened. While the car was overheating, I had to drive it for between a quarter mile and half a mile for about two to three minutes with the thermostat on the "H" before I finally was able to park and shut off the car. It looks like the car had probably been overheated numerous times before I bought it by the previous owners, but I'm sure what I did to it didn't help, either.
I have heard that the predecessor 3VZ-FE had a tendency to sometimes blow head gaskets, but it seems as if BHG in a 1MZ is rare. Does anyone have any experience with a Camry V6 / any other 1MZ car blowing a head gasket?
95 Toyota Avalon XLS with gold badging, wht on adobe - 178k, DD
96 Lexus ES 300 with gold badging, wht on beige - 198k (BHG, so basically dead)