Fixer, I agree, I've talked to a couple people who had complete failure with the 3650, but for the majority it seems to be pretty tough, no major problems. Maybe just a bad batch in some 2001s. I work mine pretty hard, still tight, maybe a little noisy, but no probs.
There was this guy at the track tonight with a 5 speed 5 liter running like low 11s aborting each run at some point. It's pretty impressive to see a 10 second 5 speed car, no question. I'm wondering what kind of tranny they are running.