Nope. Strictly coincidence. I have a '93 Dynasty with just over 4,000 miles. It sits sometimes for five years without being run, but when I do drive it, it runs fine. Also have a 1980 Volare that sits every winter. It only has 45,000 miles, and the gas in the tank is over five years old. It too runs fine on that old gas.
Head gasket problems are common today on just about every brand of car. The only thing you can do to reduce the chance of failure is to replace the antifreeze every two years, but even that won't guarantee anything. Not sure what to think about your starter problem. Ford doesn't really have any known history for common starter problems.
Friday, April 8th, 2011 AT 9:17 PM