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Old 10-01-2011, 09:03 PM   #1
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I need a motor in my 03. It has a 3.0 flex that died. I have heard some say a used motor is a better choice than rebuilt and vice versa. Can I get some input on this question. I've been looking around for a couple months now and most of the used motors I see are 80-90k. I understand I have no way of knowing how these motors were driven so I get that. But would I be making a mistake to have mine rebuilt? I just need more info on what to do. Can someone suggest a good place to get a rebuild in So California? I'm about an hour North of LA. Thanks for all suggestions.
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Old 10-02-2011, 07:51 AM   #2
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Well, before anyone can make a good guess, how did yours "die"?
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Old 10-02-2011, 10:41 PM   #3
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It's just dead and needs another motor. The question is used or rebuilt.
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Old 10-02-2011, 10:55 PM   #4
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motors just dont die, they either, blow up, loose compression or have a major part fail(timing chain, oil pump, etc) or they sieze up solid.. if your truck is not running, it could be something electrical/fuel related.. It realy all depends on were you get the motor from, junkyard motors can be a gamble unless you check em over first, but if its in good shape, it would be better than rebuilt, there are some half ass engine rebuilders out there too.. Good sources for used motors are vehicles that have been rear-ended or rolled over, or ones with dead transmissions. on the other hand, a quality rebuilt will give you piece of mind having a "like new" engine.

if you decide to go the JY route, you should check some things over before buying the motor, such as taking a compression test, checking the oil pan for metal shavings, check the oil for "mayonaise" wich means craked head. if it has a distributor, make sure it turns when the motor is turned over, if posible, have them run the motor to see if its got any ticking or knocking or smoke out the exhaust.

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It is funny you mention a compression test on a JY motor. In germany JYs sell the motors have a sheet with them with compression print outs and everything you need to know about it. They also put a warrenty on the motors for a year from date of purchase. It was the coolest thing i have ever seen come from a junk yard. Bad part is they do not offer you pull it junk yards.
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germans are over-achivers.. junkyards here try to rip you off, they would sell you a 255 ci windsor and say its a 302...
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rebuild would be a good option if you have the money, has a very good warranty, and is bought locally.

used is fine, but you will want to hear the engine run first and make sure it has a decent warranty. 80-90K is not bad for mileage. I just put an engine with 140K into my car (which is a much more crude engine than what you're dealing with), but knew it didn't have any major issues going in, so I didn't even think twice.
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I've never had a bad experience with a salvage yard motor and I can't think of one of my friend's ever having a bad experience either, and that's the way I would go if I needed an engine.

A salvage yard won't stay in business very long if they sell junk motors that break right away, so the vast majority of salvage yards are pretty careful about the used engines they sell, and just about all of them offer some type of warranty.
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Thanks this is the info I was hoping for. I know motors dont just die but for the purposes of this question it doesn't matter what happened. It just needs to be replaced. I've seen some used motors online that promise carfax reports does anyone have faith it that? I've been looking locally here in Ventura CA and have yet to find a nice rear wreck from which I can yank a motor. Everything seems to be out of state which worries me should anything go wrong... I've found a couple rebuilders around here and the quote is around $2500. I also have a guy in town here who will install a used 91k motor for $2400... I wish I had time to do this all myself but sadly I dont. Can anyone suggest a close to honest rebuilder or yard near Ventura CA? Thanks again for the advise.
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rebuild would be a good option if you have the money, has a very good warranty, and is bought locally.

used is fine, but you will want to hear the engine run first and make sure it has a decent warranty. 80-90K is not bad for mileage. I just put an engine with 140K into my car (which is a much more crude engine than what you're dealing with), but knew it didn't have any major issues going in, so I didn't even think twice.
Whatever you do, stay away from a remanufactured motor, like those from Adanvce Auto, O Reilly's, NAPA, Carquest and AutoZone. When they are rebuilt from their suppliers, not all cylinders are bored or honed, only the ones that need it. You may have 4 cylinders with a standard bore, and 1 with a 0.040 bore and one with a 0.060 bore. This not only equals to an engine that is not balanced, but also will severely shorten it's life span, usually just outside the warranty period. If you go with a rebuild, make sure you take your engine to a quality engine builder and have them contact you on what they find and what is need to be done before it is done.
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