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Intrepid Problems - 98 2.7

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First post here, obviously. Looking for any help from you guys.

I have a 1998 Intrepid, 2.7L. Had a battery problem, after replacing with a new battery, I hear a REALLY loud clacking noise from the passenger valve cover. I assumed it was a loose rocker or bad lifter. I thought - no big deal, only a few hundred to replace. After tearing into it, turns out it was rod knock, a piston hitting the valves. Unfortuantely, this narrows me down to getting a new car (which is out of the question), or replacing the motor.

I've looked on ebay and the like, and it looks like freshly rebuilt longblocks will run around $2500. Do any of you know of other options? Places to get a good block fairly cheap?

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Best option (if you want to keep the car) is to swap in a 3.2 or 3.5 from another 2nd Gen car. See THIS THREAD

Welcome aboard! Sorry it had to start ou this way for you!
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Hey -

First post here, obviously. Looking for any help from you guys.

I have a 1998 Intrepid, 2.7L. Had a battery problem, after replacing with a new battery, I hear a REALLY loud clacking noise from the passenger valve cover. I assumed it was a loose rocker or bad lifter. I thought - no big deal, only a few hundred to replace. After tearing into it, turns out it was rod knock, a piston hitting the valves. Unfortuantely, this narrows me down to getting a new car (which is out of the question), or replacing the motor.

I've looked on ebay and the like, and it looks like freshly rebuilt longblocks will run around $2500. Do any of you know of other options? Places to get a good block fairly cheap?

Thanks!

Lean to walk. You learned about the nighmare 2.7 the hard way too late. Warn others of your problems and hopefully they will avoid your mistake.

Be carefull of rebuilt 2.7's they are very tough to rebuilt correctly. Many good rebuild shops will not touch a DC 2.7 or Ford 2.5,3.0 V6
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Lean to walk. You learned about the nighmare 2.7 the hard way too late. Warn others of your problems and hopefully they will avoid your mistake.
he asked for advice/help... not some idiotic reply.
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Best option (if you want to keep the car) is to swap in a 3.2 or 3.5 from another 2nd Gen car. See THIS THREAD
I really don't care about the performance aspect, this is my "daily driver" if you will....

Anyone doing a 2.7 swap that doesn't need their short block??

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Lean to walk. You learned about the nighmare 2.7 the hard way too late. Warn others of your problems and hopefully they will avoid your mistake.

Be carefull of rebuilt 2.7's they are very tough to rebuilt correctly. Many good rebuild shops will not touch a DC 2.7 or Ford 2.5,3.0 V6
Damn Canadians...

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he asked for advice/help... not some idiotic reply.
exactly, thanks.
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Roscoe: It also depends where you live. If your near to a junkyard, call around. Hell the Meinikie (spelling) by me does motor swaps. And yes they do domestic cars too.
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he asked for advice/help... not some idiotic reply.
You were expecting something else from him?

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Heh... no.
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Still I would go with the 3.2 or the 3.5 the 2.7 can be a good engine but it needs more care than the 3.2 or the 3.5 you can find many threads on here about the 2.7 and taking care of it
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Still I would go with the 3.2 or the 3.5 the 2.7 can be a good engine but it needs more care than the 3.2 or the 3.5 you can find many threads on here about the 2.7 and taking care of it

Even with perfect maintanence they(2.7's) fail far too often.
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he asked for advice/help... not some idiotic reply.

It's to late for help. The only thing he can do is warn others of his mistake.
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It's to late for help. The only thing he can do is warn others of his mistake.
My mistake? Dude, this car was free. How do you call that a mistake? It has 110K miles on it and I've had no other problems aside from this one, albeit it is a major one....

All I need to do is get another 25k-30k miles out of it until I can get a new truck.

I guess I'll start hitting up the junkyards around me to see what they have as well. I've got no problems doing all of the work myself, I just need to find a budget short block to work with.

Will the 3.2 or 3.5 short block match up to the same heads/intake, etc? Use the same cams? Exhaust? Wiring? I don't think so, based off of the other thread that I saw. This is the headache that I'd like to avoid.

If this was a 5.0 Mustang, it'd be fixed for a few hundred! I've been racing mustangs for years, too bad this one isn't as easy and cheap...

Thanks for the replies. If anyone knows of a place anywhere for a good deal, I don't mind shipping.

Oh, btw, I'm in Austin, TX.
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My mistake? Dude, this car was free. How do you call that a mistake? It has 110K miles on it and I've had no other problems aside from this one, albeit it is a major one....

All I need to do is get another 25k-30k miles out of it until I can get a new truck.

I guess I'll start hitting up the junkyards around me to see what they have as well. I've got no problems doing all of the work myself, I just need to find a budget short block to work with.

Will the 3.2 or 3.5 short block match up to the same heads/intake, etc? Use the same cams? Exhaust? Wiring? I don't think so, based off of the other thread that I saw. This is the headache that I'd like to avoid.

If this was a 5.0 Mustang, it'd be fixed for a few hundred! I've been racing mustangs for years, too bad this one isn't as easy and cheap...

Thanks for the replies. If anyone knows of a place anywhere for a good deal, I don't mind shipping.

Oh, btw, I'm in Austin, TX.

You need the whole 3.2,3.5 not just a short block. All the parts are different. Same tranny is fine.

Finding a good used 2.7 is very hard. There is so much demand for them they cost a furtune, if you are lucky enough to find one.(not like 5.0,4.6 Mustang engines)

I guess it goes to show, you get what you pay for.

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Ok, so if I purchase something like this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...category=33615

What all additional is needed?
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Ok, so if I purchase something like this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...category=33615

What all additional is needed?
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