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.