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post #1 of 13 Old Jan 3rd, 2010, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Engine replacement costs?

I was curious if anyone has any thoughts on the cost of replacing the engine at a mechanic's shop?

I can price engine's online, prices vary, but what would be a ballpark labor cost?

And does anything else need to be replaced when you put in a replacement engine?


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post #2 of 13 Old Jan 5th, 2010, 02:36 PM
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To my knowledge as long as its the same engine you shouldnt have to replace anything else. But i would wait till some one with a bit more knowledge on the subject chimes in haha
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post #3 of 13 Old Jan 5th, 2010, 07:19 PM
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You have the price for the engine itself
Labor would prob be $2000 and up
And then the parts you need to and should replace (gets expensive)

If you know someone who has done it before and has free time I would talk to them because that would be the cheapest option
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post #4 of 13 Old Jan 6th, 2010, 08:02 AM
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$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
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post #5 of 13 Old Jan 7th, 2010, 11:08 PM
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No good answer...

I did my own this summer. I replaced the engine and all of the seals, belts, and a few hoses. Kept the tranny, radiator, CV joints, and everything else.

Total cost with a used engine was under $1,000.
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post #6 of 13 Old Jan 8th, 2010, 12:10 AM
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did you have a engine lift and garage to do all the stuff in?

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post #7 of 13 Old Jan 8th, 2010, 10:18 AM
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Yes to both

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
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post #8 of 13 Old Jan 8th, 2010, 11:24 PM
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My friend's Aveo (ick I know) had it's engine replaced at 91K with a 51K motor. Total was about $2K for engine and labor.
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post #9 of 13 Old Jan 8th, 2010, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thnx everyone. Helpful data points.
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post #10 of 13 Old Jan 13th, 2010, 12:53 PM
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I know I'm a little late chiming in here but I paid 350 for a motor on craigslist and 650 labor at a shop. I had one estimate for 3000 and one for 650. I would check around.
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post #11 of 13 Old Jan 14th, 2010, 04:19 PM
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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
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post #12 of 13 Old Jan 15th, 2010, 09:51 AM
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different prices different ways of doing things... i really hope when ppl read this that they know how not to get robbed by these crooked mechanics... thanx guys
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post #13 of 13 Old Jan 23rd, 2010, 02:46 AM
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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.

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