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Engine Swap in a 04

i was wondering has anyone ever put a whole different engine in the second generation. not another intrepid engine im sayin like a big block or short block. let me know cuz i wanna do a switch.
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Short answer, YES.

Long answer, Anything can be done with time or money - it depends on what you want it to look like and run like, how you want to get power to the ground, etc etc etc. To do it NICE, it will take a lot of money and resources. To make it function, look like a trep, and run o.k., you will need to do some major fab work, and address issues of things like the transmission. There is a member of another board on the internet who has done it, and used all used parts, and made a decent looking car - I would say it is functional, but it ignores most of the original Intrepid... It is just a drive-train sitting in an Intrepid shell.

What is your goal in your conversion? It is something to discuss, but it really depends on your resources and goals.

There are some youtube videos of the few Intrepids that have survived some of the conversions out there.

I did a 1st gen displacement swap, I went from a 3.3 to a 3.5, but Intrepid motors, and both the same generation. I'm one of 3 that have been done that I know of.
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oh ok thanks for the info. but the reason why i was asking is cuz my 04 2.7L engine is messing up bad its been overheading alot and no one can figure out whats wrong. alot of machanics say that they hate working on this type of engine cuz its complicated. i spent $1500 already to get it fix and it hasnt got fix yet so i thought if i get a new engine that wont break down again and i have to pay alot more money on a 2.7 to get fix again why not buy a different engine. some peopel say its the heads and that will cost another $1700 to get fix. so yea
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Wow, take a minute and use punctuation, it will make reading your posts much easier.

I'd strongly suggest a 3.x motor swap, simple and easy, as motor swaps go.

Others on here may be curious what you have had done to your car so far - I bought my 3.3 with bad head gaskets, because everything else had been changed and didn't fix it...
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Switching to. A 3.5 trep engine is your best bet. If you want to go with something else more unusual, it is possible at a huge cost. The engineering would be the biggest cost.
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oh ok thanks for the info. but the reason why i was asking is cuz my 04 2.7L engine is messing up bad its been overheading alot and no one can figure out whats wrong. alot of machanics say that they hate working on this type of engine cuz its complicated. i spent $1500 already to get it fix and it hasnt got fix yet so i thought if i get a new engine that wont break down again and i have to pay alot more money on a 2.7 to get fix again why not buy a different engine. some peopel say its the heads and that will cost another $1700 to get fix. so yea
The only major issue with the 2.7 is the water pump leaking fluids into the oil slump and causing timing skip (bent valves), starving rod bearings (causes knocking) and slugging up horribly.

The heads are not a problem on these cars, but they have been noted to have some odd cooling gallies that can clot if not routinely flushed every two years.

Mind stating some of the engine work you've done?

Otherwise, go for a 3.5 HO, it's an engine that's still in service to this very date. Very solid engine.
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