The only other bad experience I've had with an EA82T is I had 3 headbolts pull out of the block. Granted, this was a high mileage motor from a different car and who KNOWS what the P.O. did to it or if even HE stripped out the headbolts (this is my current theory), but after that, it had 12 qts of fluid in the crankcase (8 of those were coolant) and it still got me home... 20 miles.
Oversized the bolt holes from M11 to M12, got new Grade 10.9 bolts, bolted it up and it still ran like a champ. In fact, it's still kicking around in some woods, in southern Ohio I believe...
Overall, a great motor. It was susceptible to problems just like any other motor, but look how many other motors were COMPLETELY made out of aluminum (minus the crank and rods, of course). This was still in an era of iron/steel everything so heads never went bad/warped/cracked and if gaskets blew, it was 10 bucks and a few hours to fix.
Infact, I'll probably just build the EA82 I've got in my loyale now until the Ej204 arrives.. this SC14 needs a job..