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So my Nissan Altima se-r has a cracked head gasket and im pretty sure value issues. It has 174K miles im thinking about buying a new engine. There are no engines coming out of an SER anywhere close to my area but there are 2006 Nissan Maxima 3.5 se engines available, aren't this VQ35DE the exact same as the SERs?
 

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Yes, the "long block" is essentially what you would get if you purchased a new engine: everything from the crank up to the top of the heads, but, like rogoman stated, you may need to swap over the upper plenum and/or lower intake manifold, exhaust manifolds and maybe even valve covers and oil pan. Just take a thorough lookover of the two engines and you'll be able to figure out what needs to be swapped and what can stay.
 

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Yes, the "long block" is essentially what you would get if you purchased a new engine: everything from the crank up to the top of the heads, but, like rogoman stated, you may need to swap over the upper plenum and/or lower intake manifold, exhaust manifolds and maybe even valve covers and oil pan. Just take a thorough lookover of the two engines and you'll be able to figure out what needs to be swapped and what can stay.
A "long block" engine is a new engine that includes everything from the crankshaft up to the top of the cylinder heads. However, some parts, such as the upper plenum, lower intake manifold, exhaust manifolds, valve covers, and oil pan, may need to be transferred from the original engine to the new long-block engine. A thorough inspection of both engines will determine which parts need to be swapped.
 
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