What to do? - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum > Ford Focus Discussions > General Car Chat Lounge

General Car Chat Lounge Discussion Forum relating to nonspecific Ford Focus models, car purchasing, auto industry news and any car talk.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
FocusFest FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply




 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-01-2008, 12:22 PM   #1
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2005
Fan#: 23756
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 63
FF Reputation: 1 mrmagoo_83 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
What to do?

Ok, as some of you might remember, doubt it, its been like a year :) my wife's '02 blew a head gasket. The car has been sitting in my driveway, collecting dust, and sunburning the new $500 perellies I had just put on it. I attempted to sale it, to no avail.

Now the question comes around again, with Tax time I have a little bit of extra cash so I am debating a straight up engine swap. But have no real idea where to begin. I did reply to a post on here for an exact match, but no idea what the asking price is.

So where should I begin? I found a rebuilt engine with 3yr warranty for $2k, but really don't want to put that much into the car, heck I dont think the car even running is worth $2k anymore (a few dents/dings). So does anyone have suggestions on where to look for a 'good' engine, or at least someone to trust? I know some of the local junkyards have a few, but there is no guarantee they will even run, is there?

Selling it really isn't an option as we are trying to buy a house, and I cannot afford a new car payment.

Any thoughts?


mrmagoo_83 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 02-01-2008, 01:01 PM   #2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Fan#: 38279
Location: inyournightmares
What I Drive: vehicle

Posts: 2,766
FF Reputation: 7 razorrik Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (13)
check the parts for sale post,,,ive seen engines for sale on there,,you might have to search back thru them and you can check on that big auction site ive seen wrecked cars with salvage titels but the engines are guaranteed running and theres a vendor on here,, some parts place (ie salvage yard ) has used part too..
razorrik is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-01-2008, 01:02 PM   #3
Focus Addict
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Fan#: 46016
Location: rockland, ME
What I Drive: 6 Duratec Focus

Posts: 1,477
Points 8,431, Level 61
Points: 8,431, Level: 61 Points: 8,431, Level: 61 Points: 8,431, Level: 61
Level Up 94% Completed
Level up: 94% Level up: 94% Level up: 94%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 5 Fattie Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (6)
replace the head gasket.
__________________
6 Duratec Focus

3 04 zx4's
2 05 zx3's
1 03 zx3
Fattie is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-01-2008, 01:05 PM   #4
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2005
Fan#: 23756
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 63
FF Reputation: 1 mrmagoo_83 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fattie View Post
replace the head gasket.
Thought about this, but have been advised most likely the head is warped as well, which aren't cheap to replace.
mrmagoo_83 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-01-2008, 01:27 PM   #5
Focus Addict
 
karguy427's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Fan#: 32830
Location: Springfield, OR
What I Drive: 2006 Chevy HHR 2LT

Posts: 1,223
FF Reputation: 15 karguy427 Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Do a cost / benefit analysis:

Sounds like you really don't want the car anymore.
.
If it's only a head gasket, just buy a used cylinder head/ new gasket. You may have to pay a few bucks at a shop to get it running decently. Might be worth your while to do that, as opposed to just getting a few $$ selling it as-is. Then, you can sell it as a 'running' vehicle, and get close to market value.
.
This is kinda like one of those house fix-up shows, where they put $2,000 into a house, and make $10,000 on the increased value when it sells. (only on a smaller scale).
.
Might be a bit of a gamble, but you probably won't lose money, unless the problems are more serious.

--------
Marshall
karguy427 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-01-2008, 01:30 PM   #6
Focus Fanatic
 
xp0s3d's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Fan#: 31421
Location: Hartford Area, CT
What I Drive: 2012 Mustang GT Premium

Posts: 3,118
FF Reputation: 11 xp0s3d Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (12)
Replace the head gasket: 80 bucks,

Resurface the head: 40 bucks
xp0s3d is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-01-2008, 01:33 PM   #7
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2005
Fan#: 23756
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 63
FF Reputation: 1 mrmagoo_83 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Wow, I was told more like $350 to resurface heads. I may just go that route, sheesh, I need knew no-it all people around me :)

Thanks, now I just need a shop to refinish the heads, just hope they aren't cracked.

Oh, and truthfully, I hate the car, but my wife likes it :) Too small and low to the ground for my tastes.
mrmagoo_83 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-01-2008, 01:38 PM   #8
GL1TCH
 
killer ZETEC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Fan#: 44757
Location: wisconsin
What I Drive: advance trac french blue 03 zx3

Posts: 3,560
FF Reputation: 42 killer ZETEC Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (5)
higher compression ratio and slightly more power, priceless, lol
__________________
focus owner whos runnin with the hatchet
zc187 focus nation and fvscc's car 343
still getting part and things for this turbo.
will it run soon?? who knows.
killer ZETEC is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-01-2008, 01:55 PM   #9
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2005
Fan#: 23756
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 63
FF Reputation: 1 mrmagoo_83 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by killer ZETEC View Post
higher compression ratio and slightly more power, priceless, lol
I have no idea what that means.
mrmagoo_83 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-01-2008, 02:28 PM   #10
Focus Fanatic
 
xp0s3d's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Fan#: 31421
Location: Hartford Area, CT
What I Drive: 2012 Mustang GT Premium

Posts: 3,118
FF Reputation: 11 xp0s3d Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (12)
when you resurface the head you raise the compression, but in your case the raise will be negligible so don't pay attention to his statement lol

any professional machine shop should be able to do it
xp0s3d is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:04 PM.


Copyright 2002-2015 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Mazda CX-3, Audi S3, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus, Focus ST and Focus RS related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area. If you own other makes have a look at Challenger Hellcat Forum, Charger Hellcat Forum, Cadillac ATS-V Forum, Cadillac ATS Forum, Cadillac CTS-V Forum, Lexus RC-F Forum, Lexus GS-F Forum, Mercedes GLA Forum, Mercedes GLE Forum, Civic Type-R Forum and Volvo XC90 Forum.





Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1