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Old 02-26-2010, 02:16 AM
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Need some advice here...I know this isnt about a Vette, but nonetheless you guys are some of the best people to take advice from and I respect what info yall give me here!

I am getting, from my friend a free 1998 Isuzu Rodeo with 150k on it with a busted engine. Owner of the rodeo drove to my friend shop with the car sputtering...told the owner that he needed a new engine...car was either left or sold to my friend who owned the shop....Car was then sold for 500 to my other friend to fix...he never did...he has too many projects and wants to just give me the car if I fix it and let him take it sometimes to haul his RHINO to the dunes!

Some parts are missing on the engine so here is my predicament:

Dont have hardly any money (24 year old with heavy tuition bills...and a corvette..hah makes sense right?), but would be nice to have extra car.

-Dont know history of car
-Valves are crushed, parts missing on engine,

This website:


Will rebuild the engine for 1200 bucks
-1 year warranty on labor
-100k warranty on parts
-30 day warranty on oil leaks


I can buy a used complete engine (ECU alternator, etc.) from a 99 Rodeo (totalled car) for 800 bucks...90 day warranty and have someone install it for roughly 500 bucks...comes with paperwork

Friend said that engine probably would not be a good engine to rebuild...but with the warranty that I get from it...does it matter? Also i know my friend (more like acquaintance) wants to install the engine for me...therefore he wouldn't want me to have it rebuilt anyways...

Dont know why it would be bad to rebuild this engine? Friend said that the valves were crushed due to timing on engine off...

But what do you all think? Need advice on which route would be best...

If everything goes well Im getting a working car for roughly 1300...praying that nothing else is wrong with it...it has been sitting for roughly 3.5 months.


I know some will tell me to run away from this car and not worry about it...but open to your input...Thank you all
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In my opinion If you want another car I would pass on fixing that one, You can buy a good running and looking car cheaper than you can fix that up.
Just my 2 cents.
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Given your situation I'd walk away. Too many unknowns if youre on a tight budget. Bad cars I've owned in the past just keep sucking up $$$

If you need a beater look around. plenty of reasonable runners out there. JMHO

Suspect this will end up in OT
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Get another ride
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If money is tight, last thing you need is to take on additional expenses with another car. Not only will you have expenses for maintenance on the second car, but insurance, taxes, gas, etc. will have to be paid. IMO, just keep driving the Vette and once you are out of school with a steady job, then think about getting a second car.
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I think I'd post this somewhere else but in C5 General!
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Thanks for the input guys. Mods my apologies for this. Please lock or delete if you would like!
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