$2000 for labor where the hell do you live lol... if its an engine replacemen it is the exact same then you wouldnt have to change anything... down here is south florida their are shops that only specialize for an engine swaps they charge $800-$1200 on labor, they make their money on getting you the engine+tranny labor is just a plus... i do agree that if the engine is out replace what needs to be replaced you'll save yourself hundreds of dollars. hopefully this helps good luck on your car
I used my own garage and borrowed an engine hoist from a friend. Picked up a $60 engine stand at Harbor Freight just to save my back. Used a good low clearance floor jack to hold up the transmission while I pulled the engine, which in retrospect was a mistake - there's enough clearance to pull both out through the top even though Nissan recommends you drop both out the bottom.
No other special tools required. While I have always done my own repair work for the most part, this is the first time I ever fully replaced an engine. I was surprised at how smoothly it went -- except when a buddy stepped in a 2 gallon bucket of used motor oil.
This was back in July. The cars runs smoother with better mileage and more power than ever before. The only sad part about the story is that it's due for emissions testing by the end of the month and a P0420 code threw just this week. Overall, the engine cost plus the $500 I paid for the car was money well spent as long as you count my time as basically worth minimum wage
i got mine for around 800 with ave of 51k miles on it...like bbeauchaine87408 said you can pull the engine with the tranny out from the top if you clear most of the wireing and a few things it was a great feeling to easly take the whole engine out then take it apart and putting it back in with everything on it I did the labor my self with a friend since it wasnt our first time it only took us a month since we had jobs i ask a mechanic a friend of mine he said he will do it for 500 normaly it around 1000 hear in cal
Price depends by locations and who is doing the work. If you live in a city that has a lot of japanese mechanic shops then it's probably cheaper. Price over in Socal is roughly around $800-$1200 in labor. Try to make some friends in your car club so they can hook you up with mechanic friends.
When replacing engines there are a few options you need to think it over.
are you buying a used JDM Engine? I don't recommend this option unless you are looking for a temporary fix and want to gamble with not knowing exactly what you'll get. Ask them to show you a compression test.
are you get a used engine locally from a wreck? If you choose this option then you might want to repalce seals, gasket, etc.
are you buying a brand new motor from Nissan? My guess is that it'll cost anywhere from $2000-$3000 just the motor alone but this is the safest route and will ensure your car run another 100K miles if your mechanic do the job right.