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Old 05-01-2013, 11:06 PM   #11
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So, I just got off the phone with the Ford Tech and he is saying it'll be $5,400 to drop in a used motor with 80,000 miles on it and 1 year warranty. Does anyone know rough figures for a engine rebuild, off the top of their head, or should I just part ways with the car. I'm willing to spend a decent chunk of change for the car, I love it, but $5,400 is a bit steep for me.

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Once you mentioned "Ford Tech" that just explained why it cost so much lol. The one thing you can feel safe about is that it will more than likely be installed right at the Ford dealership. But then again, these engines are old by today's standards and can be done by most mechanics. But as I suggested, rebuilding it yourself will probably be a lot more cost effective and you know that if something goes wrong you can just blame yourself lol. But like a lot of people you probably lack the experience/tools/space for a project like this.

As for cost of rebuilding a motor? I am not sure, but the nice thing about rebuilding it is that you know parts are going to be replaced and it would be just like new when it's done. Also while the engine is out, it is a lot easier to replace parts like the pesky alternator, tightly fitted water pump and that ever pain in the ass timing belt lol. Plus if you have it rebuilt you can use the parts that you want to use. Even if it's to build the engine stronger for any future plans you may have.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:12 AM   #12
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Sorry about your car man, can you post how many miles you had on the odometer when this happened just for the info. Mines never been replaced and I'm at 65k(not a lot for a 2004) on my car but the belt is old.
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:13 AM   #13
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The car had 102,000 miles on it. Oddly it wasn't the belt that gave way first. According to the Ford Tech the timing idler pulley disintegrated and destroyed the timing belt in the process.
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also, thanks to everyone for their input. I have a few options I'm going to have to kick around before I make a decision. I will update when everything is set and done.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:28 AM   #15
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The car had 102,000 miles on it. Oddly it wasn't the belt that gave way first. According to the Ford Tech the timing idler pulley disintegrated and destroyed the timing belt in the process.
Yeah, I'm very familiar with the idler and what happens when it goes

Its too bad you had piston damage. I struggled with the cost of rebuilding the head - if I had the same level of damage, I think I would have parted my car out and bought a BRZ. That said, there are very few cars worth rebuilding, and I would say this is one of them.
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Our timing belt broke at 130,000 miles at 60mph. All the valves were bent. No problems with any pistons. I would be leary of what a Ford tech tells you. I'm doubting you have a piston problem. You can repair this yourself, for way less than they want to charge you for a used engine(OMG). I took a lot of pictures as I disassembled the engine. FYI replace the timing belt every 60,000 miles. Let me know if I can help. Also, I ordered a Ford CD with instructions for everything(mine includes the SVT).
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:02 PM   #17
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could i get a copy of this CD ;)
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:06 PM   #18
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Yeah don't fall for that ridiculous price. Rebuild or engine swap,whatever you choose, should be below $2k, or even half of that if you can install it yourself.
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hell buy a new one for that price. thats insane!
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if you can find a used motor for <$1000. the swap and timing kit on the new motor should be <$2000. and you will be able to sell parts off the blown motor to recoup some costs (head, cams, buckets, crank, etc.)

I got lucky when I found a motor. $1000 got me motor, tranny, intake, headers/flex/cat, so I was able to sell extra parts off for $1400 leaving me only to pay for the labor of the install.
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