Hey guys. I've just found this site and found alot of kool ideas from from here to do to my car. UNfortuantly i put my 1997 3.5 intrepid into the shop for the oil light keeps coming on...but it still hass plenty off oil in it. Now the mechanic says there might be rod nocking and i should might start looking for another car. And he would only say that it would be very expensive to fix nothing more. So i was wondering how much would it be for a new or rebuilt engine. I really don't want to lose the intrepid. Thanx and help would be greatly appreciated!
First of all, Welcome. I'm pretty new too, but whatever. As for the engine, it depends on how much mileage you have, what condition your car is in, and how much you trust your mechanic.
Myself for example I have a Concorde, practically the same car. It's got 128k miles on it, and the tranny is going bad. Despite this fact, my mechanic whom I know very well wants to buy it from me as soon as I get tired of it. Aside from the bad tranny, the rest of the car is in great shape.
I'd say unless you're having serious problems, keep the car and fix it up. It seems you really love it. A new 3.5 will probably cost you the same as a used 'Trep in good condition.
I've heard that if you want someone to build you a 3.5 it will cost you about 3000 bucks, but I'm not quite sure. Maybe some of the other guys on the site could help. But could a rod replacement be that much? My tranny is going too, but I will still get it done cause I absolutely love my car! Plus, I am going to get an unlimited warranty on it, (few hundred bucks) so that if I ever have a problem again, it's free!
welcome to the boards! It's been said before but Car-Part.com will lead you to almost any part for any car EVEN AN ENGINE (or as in most cases-parts of engines) it just depends on where you are and shipping and stuff-check it out you probably won't be disappointed
BTW sorry about your trep and Good Luck
My old pontiac 6000 did that, and my dads chevy van (350) does that. Both are NOT because of the oil pump. the 6000's rod bearings were shot, and let the oil pressure out WAY to fast. eventually, it threw a rod.
The van's main bearings are loose, and it runs fine, but it also lets too much oil out of the lubrication holes. My dad installed a high volume, high pressure oil pump that now pushes 60-80psi (!!!!) at revs above 2000, but at idle, it still has trouble getting it above 10 psi while warm.
I am new to the site also.. FYI, the engine in my 95 Trep blew about 2 months ago..Got the same quotes as everyone of $2.5 to $3K for a new or "remanufactured" engine. I finally found a 3.5L engine from a '96 Concorde and put it in. Engine was $700 from a junkyard..Another note --> Had to get the engine re-wired because the wiring harnesses didn't match up, which added another $400 to the cost. Trep is running great now.