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Old 05-28-2013, 01:57 PM   #1
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Should I rebuild 3.8L or purchase a reman

I have a 2002 2dr coupe that has just recently died. I heard a small missing, thought it could be an exhaust leak, went to work, came home, was on the way to the shop and the engine all of a sudden lost power and the missing was so loud it sounded like someone was hitting the block with a hammer. The engine still ran and I got it to a parking lot of a friends and now I have to decide what to do with it. I love the car, but don't have a lot of cash. I'm the original and only owner of this car, it has 85 thousand miles on it. I've always done basic car work, like brakes, distributor, alternator, power steering pump replacements, tune ups, oil changes, stuff like that but swapping a motor out is pretty daunting as I've never done one. I can buy a rebuilt motor from anywhere from 1000 to 2500 (rebuilt and boosted stroker) or I can pull it myself and have it rebuilt and then reinstall it (or at least try and do that). I'm ok spending some money on an engine hoist and some other things needed but what is my best bet here to save money. Are there any good complete walk throughs on pulling and reinstalling the motor? Should I leave the transmission hooked or unbolt it and just pull the motor? Any help would be appreciated.
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I would look into doing a 4.6 swap. They're pretty straight forward and you'll benefit way more with it
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But wouldn't that entail beefing up the suspension and other components? I'm looking for money savings really, I was fine with the power and mileage I got from the original motor. If I put the 4.6 in I'd also probably have to buy a new tranny as well.
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You'd need an 8.8 rear and some suspension. If you were satisfied with the 3.8 then I would just rebuild or purchase a reman one. I wouldn't go crazy with a stroker kit or anything.
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That's kinda what I was getting at, which would save me the most money? Rebuilding it at a local shop or purchasing one from a place that does nothing but pre-built motors? I'm assuming I would get a warranty from both places, so does it really matter other than that the reman engine is already done?
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That's kinda what I was getting at, which would save me the most money? Rebuilding it at a local shop or purchasing one from a place that does nothing but pre-built motors? I'm assuming I would get a warranty from both places, so does it really matter other than that the reman engine is already done?
I would buy a reman engine from a reputable builder. Do some research online before you buy from a company to make sure they have good quality.
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Buy a good shop manual and go for it. Really not to difficult swapping engines. You may even find some helpful vids on You Tube. It's very satisfying doing a job like this. You get to reap the benefits every time you get in and turn the key. As far as engine choices go, install the best that your budget will allow. Keep the car. Since you're the OO, you know the complete history of it...
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It sounds to me like you just blew a plug, might want to check that out before you start swapping things.
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