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I am looking to buy this 1996 explorer, it has no oil pressure and liftert noise. Is this bad?

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This all depends on what you call bad? if you saying replacing all internal oil seals and headgasket bad then probably bad yes? if you were in the uk it would cost somewhere in the region of about £300.00-£400.00 pounds?

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I know you aren't happy about my answer (no one likes bad news) but those are the facts.
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