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Blown Motor !!

Yep, my mechanic just called and said he thinks the motor is blown. Yep, it's a 2.7 but get this , only 50,000 miles on it ! WTF ! I fully admit it's been 5,000 miles over the sugested 3000 oil change time (Yes go ahead and bash me :icon_sad: ) but the car never smoked or showed any other signs. Freakin oil light never went off either. So anyway he's starting to tear down the top end and will let me know. This will probably run me $300, but he said expect the worst and a rebuilt "Jasper" motor might run me $ 5,500 - $6,000 dollars. I'll let him check it out and shell out the $300 but does anyone have any suggestions as to having it rebuilt. I mean is the car worth $6000 ? Would it be resonable or is just getting another car more financialy sound ?
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-23-2006, 12:53 PM
 
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Buy a used 3.5L HO. It's cheaper than a rebuilt or new 2.7L.

So you went 8,000 miles without changing the oil? In 2.7L land, that's somewhat of a death sentence.
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What year is it?

and have to agree about the oil change thing, 8000 miles!

When I had my trep I wouldn't think of even going past 5000 Kms. (that 3000 miles)
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I change my oil every 4500 to 5000, or two months at most...

manual does call for 7500.
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Rebuilt jasper motor for 6k? Fuck that, get a used engine for like >1500 and have someone else put it in. That guys tryin to screw you.
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The guy is probably NOT stying to screw him. The mech is suggesting a 1 for 1 motor replacement using components from a known-good, guaranteeed source.

Asking a mech shop to go get a used junkyard pull motor is asking for work with no guarantee. And lots of extra hours on the labor bill.

As far as sticking to the light-duty schedule of 7500 miles for an oil change, well, even the little old lady who only drives her car on Sundays needs to work from the severe duty schedule.
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**bashes u on the head**

Damn.......you went HOW far on the oil change? That's suicide for ANY engine, much less our favorite 2.7.

And a rebuilt Jasper engine? For that price, you can get one brand-new. Or a 3.2/3.5. Or hell just get another Trep .
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You could of went with the mobil 1- 7500 oil for 7,500 miles of clean strong oil.,
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Even with Mobil 1, for a sludged 2.7 8k is way to much.

A jasper 2.7 is $3890 just for the record. You would probably have another $1500 in installation/parts, etc.

I would say get a 3.2/3.5 and throw it in. You could do it yourself for around $2500, give or take, depending on how you do it, or pay someone up to $3500 to do it. $3500 is pushing it value wise on the car.
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Man, I knew I'd get beat up on the oil change. I just thought some warning light would come on and let me know pressure was low, but I guess there's more to it then that. (Kick self in ass). A lot of you suggested buying a 3.5, I take it you all mean a used motor. Is a junk yard yard the only place to get one ?
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Will an 04' 3.5L Motor work in his car as well 32Intrepid?
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8k mile oil change on dino-oil??!! DOH!
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i think its time to move on and invest whatever money into a new ride
and next time change you f$%*#$ oil
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i think its time to move on and invest whatever money into a new ride
and next time change you f$%*#$ oil
You are wise and correct oh sensai.

Shop just called and said it's shot. Cam was seized and so much sludge he's ever seen. Kill me. He won't put his name on a used motor either. Can't say that I blame him. So it's 6K or a new car. Also the tranny was slipping a few times a week. usually in the morning when I went to backup. I'd have to put it back in park then wait and try again. So, what can I buy for 6K these days ?
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I bought a 2000 LHS with all the bells and whistles (minus sunroof) for $6500. I bet you can get a really nice Intrepid, Concorde, 300M or LHS within your budget. That is, if you want a similar car... just stay away from the 2.7L. With 6 grand to spend, you have a lot of options for a used 2nd gen.
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