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Lots of people have over 200k miles on the Ford Gold and have had no problems. Trouble is, many people have had oil cooler clogging on the coolant side.
There are no threads that have yet been posted on complaints of ELC coolant - in any way (at least not on the 12 forums that I watch).
Maybe there are issues, but I doubt it - since International puts the ELC coolant in their 6.0L engines.
The big question - what is the REAL mechanism that generates the gooey mess in the 6.0L engine? Maybe it is silicate related, but it can't be that entirely - since (as I said earlier) -many people have high mileage w/ it and have NOT seen this junk clog their oil cooler. Ford has said that several things can cause precipitaton of silicates, such as excessive heat (more than a well running engine) and mixing combustion gasses w/ coolant. Also, mixing the coolant w/ tap water (or possibly adding different coolants in w/ the Gold) - also could cause issues.
The second big question - since some people have had failures w it and no one has posted up failures w/ the ELC coolant, what does this say to you (ie an individual decision).
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