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Old 11-14-2007, 10:08 AM   #1
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HELP! 2000 SE - blown engine

My 2000 SE with 77,000 has a blown engine.

The dealer is quoting $5200.00 to fix it - any cheaper suggestions?

If I don't fix it how can I unload an immaculate Focus with a blown engine? What is it worth?

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Have mechanical skills, tools and a garage?
Or a friend with the above?
I'd buy a "recycled" motor from a junkyard and drop it in.

None of the above? You'll either end up selling it cheap for some kid to work on, or you could consider donating it to the local tech school, your tax write-off for the donation will probably be better than the cash you could get for it.
Hmmm, You might want to see if the tech school could do the motor swap for you, if you don't mind someone "learning" on your car - I don't know if I'd go that route unless I was going to turn around and sell the car... but if you did that you'd come out ahead dollar-wise...
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Drop a used engine in it there cheap and the salvage yards

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Two seperate sources have reported that a head gasket blew causing excessive damage on the inside (my wife said it sounded like rocks shaking in side an aluminum can).

The dealer also told me that they discovered what appeared to be several quarts of oil mixed in with the coolant.

My sources are:

1. an old friend and my very trusted mechanic who owns his own shop

2. Ford Country in Henderson, Nevada where I purchased the car

Thank You all for your contributions and information.
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oh yeah that thing sounds toasted beyond repair.

You can find an engine in a junkyard for around 400 bucks, swap should take a good shop 4-5 hours
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Where would I begin to find a dependable engine for this thing?

Should I fix it - or are transmission and other problems just around the corner? I have already replaced the ignition, the drivers side power window regulator, motor mounts, alternator, etc.

My wife drove this thing and it has been absolutely babied. If you saw it you would think it was just a year old!

I'm just a working stiff - should I just cut my losses and move on? Have others had similar problems?

Thank you again...
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http://www.car-part.com

you'll need a whole engine, sounds like your block is probably toast
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hat 400 bucks? the lowest i got locally was like 800...

any other cars it came in?
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None that would allow you to just do a straight swap...the SPI came in a lot of Escorts from the mid 80s through the late 90s, but they'd all pretty much require wiring harness and computer swaps as well as custom fabricated mounts to fit. You're best off getting one out of a Focus, it will minimize labor costs as a straight pull out the old and drop in the new operation.
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