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Lightbulb intrepid 3.2 or 300m 3.5 ?

Hi again guys, as i said in my previous thread the 2.7 in my 2004 intrepid ia dead. Right now the mechanic gave me two engine choices, either a 3.2 from a 04 intrepid or a 3.5 from a 00 300m. Which one should i go for? Obviously i want as much power as possible, but he keeps insisting that the 3.2 from the same year intrepid is a better choice. Please help me out here.
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-12-2014, 10:29 AM
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The 3.2l was discontinued in 2001. All 02+ got the 2.7 or one of two 3.5's - one "HO" model for the premium trim levels, and a 'regular' 3.5 model for the rest.

To put an engine from 2000 into your 2004, there are a number of things that need to be changed in order to work with the 2004 wiring and such.
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The 3.2l was discontinued in 2001. All 02+ got the 2.7 or one of two 3.5's - one "HO" model for the premium trim levels, and a 'regular' 3.5 model for the rest.

To put an engine from 2000 into your 2004, there are a number of things that need to be changed in order to work with the 2004 wiring and such.
Thanks for the reply, he said he'd take care of installation including everything.
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But performance wise is there a big difference?
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3.2L is said to be the most reliable of the 3. Also a good balance between power/mpg
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3.2L is said to be the most reliable of the 3. Also a good balance between power/mpg
Thanks, so performance wise there's not much of a difference?
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Thanks for the reply, he said he'd take care of installation including everything.
I can't tell if you realize what extra stuff would be needed to use the '00 3.5 in your 2004 that MrBigE was getting at. Your mech. would have to locate a 3.2/3.5 flex plate (flywheel), cam sprockets, and harness to swap out on the '00 engine. That may be behind your mechanic's comments too. Just expect to pay extra for his having to dig up that stuff and do the work. Better to find a later 3.5 if you decide you want a 3.5, or be ready to pay extra to convert the earlier one. Or perhaps your mech. has already also identified a later scrap 3.2 or 3.5 that he can get the needed items off of, so he won't have to hurt you too bad to go that route.


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I can't tell if you realize what extra stuff would be needed to use the '00 3.5 in your 2004 that MrBigE was getting at. Your mech. would have to locate a 3.2/3.5 flex plate (flywheel), cam sprockets, and harness to swap out on the '00 engine. That may be behind your mechanic's comments too. Just expect to pay extra for his having to dig up that stuff and do the work. Better to find a later 3.5 if you decide you want a 3.5, or be ready to pay extra to convert the earlier one. Or perhaps your mech. has already also identified a later scrap 3.2 or 3.5 that he can get the needed items off of, so he won't have to hurt you too bad to go that route.
That is most probably what he has done as he gave me the same price for both options.
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3.5 all the way.
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I see a lot of blown 3.5 s in the yards around me! I put Bosch III 4 hole injectors in my 3.2 and have broke the tires loose at 30 mph!
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I see a lot of blown 3.5 s in the yards around me! I put Bosch III 4 hole injectors in my 3.2 and have broke the tires loose at 30 mph!
How much were the injectors?
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Guys, visually speaking could a bad mechanic, which my mechanic is, tell a difference between a 3.2 and a 3.5 engine. He gave me a call today saying that he'll put a 3.2 from a 2004 intrepid model, which I now know doesn't exist. So is he a fucking liar or actually dumb enough not to tell the difference between a 3.2 and a 3.5?
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Maybe it's a transplant?

They are the same engine - only difference is cylinder bore. But the intake plenum label says 3.2 or 3.5.
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How much were the injectors?
I think like $150
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Maybe it's a transplant?

They are the same engine - only difference is cylinder bore. But the intake plenum label says 3.2 or 3.5.
If it's a 3.2 then it probably is. I know about the label but it was torn off when I looked at the engine itself. From the performance standpoint if it is a 3.2, will I be disappointed after driving a 2.7?
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