Originally Posted by allmotorh22
people, make your lives easier and leave the manifold bolts alone and leave the coolant hose connected to the oil filter housing.
here you go:
OK nice write up and all, but seriously you are missing the point that there is more than one configuration of this. Some people have a thermostat housing bolted to the front of the oil filter housing so you have to get that off and replace the gasket. Another bolt is directly under the intake manifold with about 3/8" clearance.. barely enough to even get a wrench under. So the intake manifold has to be moved out of the way as well.
edit: and for that matter, for those who are spouting off about this car being the easiest to drain coolant from, I'm guessing you don't have manual trannys, where you have to remove the intercooler to get at the plug