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Brand new here, had 2 Intrepids, helping 'sis

Had and loved two Intrepids and now drive an '05 Dodge magnum R/T with lots of performance mods.
My sister that lives in Colorado has a 2002 Intrepid with the 2.7 engine that has thrown a rod, she will not part with the car, her mechanic says it needs a new engine and also transmission work.
Question is will a new 2.7 be free of the issues the original one had? She has about 120K miles on this one and this is gonna ME bigtime as she is broke and in debt.

Her mechanic is telling me around $5K when replacing hoses, belts, etc. with the engine swap, nuts or NOT?
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For 5k you can buy another trep so no i would not put that kind of money into replacing it with another 2.7.
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For 5k you can buy another trep so no i would not put that kind of money into replacing it with another 2.7.
I fully appreciate that and agree with you, trying to explain that to my 'sis is darn near impossible.
I just got off the phone with her mechanic, here are the facts;
The car is worth $2K
new engine installed is $5,250
rebulit tranny is $2,800
Other issues, computer, etc. may exist.

there are lots of cheap cars on craigslist in her area, she wants nothing to do with a car that will get her around that has a few dents and bumps and tor seats....a little Duct tape fixes the seats and live with it girl...but nooo, can't be seen driving something like that....

No matter what happens, it comes outa MY pocket, as said, she is broke..

Poor Princess, tough love time?

Silence is golden, duct tape is silver...
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Acquire a 3.2L 3.5L motor from a '02 to '04 and do the swap. heck, used trannies are about $250.00.
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yep. 2500 bucks for a 3.2/3.5 swap, 250 for a used trans. I wouldn't pay any more than that for any reason.
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Finding a good 3.5L to swap in would be a good start. I'm doing one right now in my free time. It's a pretty straight-forward process.
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Don't know about the motor swap, but why not just buy a 'new' car with a 3.2 or 3.5 motor. Though I'm just a newbie here on this forum, I have a '99 ES with over 252,000 miles out of the 3.2 motor, and just bought a 02 with the 3.5 and 86k miles to replace it at $4000 from a dealer in NJ. Even if you manage to swap the motor and trans successfully, you still have a body/chassis with however many miles you've got. Might not be worth it.

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^^^ Dont disagree, it all depends on the condition of the original car.
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welcome to the site,,

id say your between a rock and a hard place,, I think your best way out is find a good running Intrepid for a couple of grand and give it to her, im happy she loves the car,, but,, not worth having the headaches over
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but why not just buy a 'new' car with a 3.2 or 3.5 motor.
This....but...depends on the current car, if it is in good shape, and you know it, why get a new vehicle...find a good decent mile 3.2/5 and swap it in! If the car is beat, find a nice one with a 3.2/5 and grab it!
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My question is this, I just did a timming chain replacement also did the secondary chains as well. Did the replacement step by step according to the manual. Will the rebuild complete I can't get the car to start. Engine turns over, but doesn't catch. Checked each spark plug coil and did get spark and gas reaches the fuel rail. replaced the cam shaft sensor, but still no go. any suggestions. ready to strap a pound of c5 to it? Or have it towed to the dealership to troubleshoot. any Ideas....
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My question is this, I just did a timming chain replacement also did the secondary chains as well. Did the replacement step by step according to the manual. Will the rebuild complete I can't get the car to start. Engine turns over, but doesn't catch. Checked each spark plug coil and did get spark and gas reaches the fuel rail. replaced the cam shaft sensor, but still no go. any suggestions. ready to strap a pound of c5 to it? Or have it towed to the dealership to troubleshoot. any Ideas....
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