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Old 06-12-2015, 11:10 AM
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$1000-1500ish
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Old 06-12-2015, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by jd View Post
Is it the 3.7, 4.7 or 5.7.

The 4.7 and 5.7 have a very good transmission - the 5RFE
The 3.7 is a 4RFE - it is an OK transmission.

the 4.7/5.7 engine replacement is an easier decision.
It has a 3.7 motor.

The offer to buy it was $1700. Or, they can fix it for $3000.

She's looking to buy a house next year so she doesn't want to take on the expense of buying a new car before that. So, do you deal with the evil you know (she's the original owner) or evil you don't know with buying a used car?

Tough call there. I don't think it's worth spending $3K on but that could by her a few more years with it and then be in a better position to get a new car.
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Old 06-12-2015, 11:32 AM
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How did she manage to ruin the engine? And the engine is so bad that it can't be repaired?
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Old 06-12-2015, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by rougewave View Post
It has a 3.7 motor.

The offer to buy it was $1700. Or, they can fix it for $3000.

She's looking to buy a house next year so she doesn't want to take on the expense of buying a new car before that. So, do you deal with the evil you know (she's the original owner) or evil you don't know with buying a used car?

Tough call there. I don't think it's worth spending $3K on but that could by her a few more years with it and then be in a better position to get a new car.
If it is still nice and has no other major or weird problems, Id probably fix it.
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Old 06-12-2015, 12:18 PM
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A head gasket went the end of last year. Ex-boyfriend replaced the heads. She said it ran ok for awhile then started to feel like it was missing and down on power. Today was the first time I've been in it since that started happening. Seems like it's down a cylinder and the oil pressure has been low.
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Old 06-12-2015, 12:30 PM
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A head gasket went the end of last year. Ex-boyfriend replaced the heads. She said it ran ok for awhile then started to feel like it was missing and down on power. Today was the first time I've been in it since that started happening. Seems like it's down a cylinder and the oil pressure has been low.
did he hook up the injector sequence wrong or something like that?

Id get a detailed opinion from an independent shop that like to diagnose...I have found a few around here. It is well worth the $75...there maybe something like that going on.
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Old 06-12-2015, 12:48 PM
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She took it to a garage that was recommended to have it looked at a few days ago. They said the motor is bad. Everything else looks good. No leaks or issues with other components.
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by rougewave View Post
She took it to a garage that was recommended to have it looked at a few days ago. They said the motor is bad. Everything else looks good. No leaks or issues with other components.
That's it? They didn't say what was actually wrong with it?
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:35 PM
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I wasn't there so I don't know.
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:50 PM
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That's it? They didn't say what was actually wrong with it?
agreed...

get a second opinion bro
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Old 06-12-2015, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by rougewave View Post
A friend has a 2006 Jeep Cherokee Laredo with 141,000 miles. It needs a motor. I checked KBB. Party party prices are in the $5000 - $5500. range (fair to good condition). They say a dealer would sell it for about $7500. i don't think it's worth spending the money on a motor. She'd probably be looking at about $2500. - $3000 to do that with a used one. She knows someone with a used car lot. He asked if she wants to sell it. We're going to meet tomorrow morning. What do you think it's worth?

I don't have any experience selling a car that needs a motor. I'm thinking he might be able to get about $7K for it after it's fixed. Maybe spend $2500. to fix it and make a $1500. profit. Would $2500 - $3000. be a reasonable price to sell it for?

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depends on the availability of used engines or what actually "blew" on this one.

worth more than 1k in parts and scrap. is it worth 3k? again, depends on how easy the engine is to come by. i suspect not but it just depends on what's wrong. if it's just a popped HG and can be fixed it could be so. well, provided it's not rusted up by now
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Old 06-12-2015, 07:54 PM
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Before she trades it in or pays for the repair you should pull the valve covers off and make sure it didn't spit a rocker arm. 3.7 are notorious for it.
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Old 06-12-2015, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by repo View Post
A grand due to the unknown factors.
x2

plus noone pays KBB these days or anywhere near it.
Maybe you could turn a dollar if you bought it right but high mile cars are hard to get any money for even if they are super nice.
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Old 06-12-2015, 09:48 PM
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Get a motor out of a junk yard. Throw it in. Trade it. Dealers problem then...or...may run for another 100000.
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Old 06-13-2015, 10:31 AM
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Looks like salvage yard engines with decent miles are running $1300-2000 so $3000 installed isn't way off.

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Old 06-13-2015, 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by rougewave View Post
It has a 3.7 motor.

The offer to buy it was $1700. Or, they can fix it for $3000.

She's looking to buy a house next year so she doesn't want to take on the expense of buying a new car before that. So, do you deal with the evil you know (she's the original owner) or evil you don't know with buying a used car?

Tough call there. I don't think it's worth spending $3K on but that could by her a few more years with it and then be in a better position to get a new car.
that sounds like a fair offer really. they are just offering a price minus what their repairs would be off book / going rate
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Old 06-13-2015, 05:14 PM
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pay someone 1000 to haul it off.
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Old 06-13-2015, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by cuisinartvette View Post
x2

plus noone pays KBB these days or anywhere near it.
depends on the car, some cars sell over kbb, some under.

c5s and c6s use to sell under kbb, then kbb did an adjustment...big one actually and now many go over kbb

used cars seem to follow the MMR which is reflected in nada clean trade numbers
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Old 06-14-2015, 12:16 AM
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Originally Posted by belmor View Post
Looks like salvage yard engines with decent miles are running $1300-2000 so $3000 installed isn't way off.

~B~
I found a few in the $1600-$1800 range. Her ex-bf is a mechanic. It looks like he's going to split the cost of the motor with her then do the swap. It that happens, then it will be worth her paying a little under a grand to get it back on the road.
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