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Unread 12-14-2002, 12:56 PM   #1
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Should I buy a new engine from the dealership or one from the bone yard?

My wife blew the 4.0 in our 93 Grand Cherokee Lorado. The dealership wants $2000.00 for a rebuilt one. So I called the bone yard and found one from a 95 with 80,000 miles on it for $500.00. My logic is that it has about 100,000 good miles left on it. The price dose not include instalation. The rest of the vehicle is in new condition.

What would you do?

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Unread 12-15-2002, 05:30 AM   #2
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Unread 12-15-2002, 11:53 AM   #3
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It depends...

Does the dealer price include installation? If so, get it. If not, consider a fresh rebuild from a local engine shop. Will you do the labor yourself or pay someone? The boneyard option might be OK *if* it has been thoroughly checked and declared healthy- with some sort of limited (written) warranty.
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Unread 12-15-2002, 12:11 PM   #4
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You might want to check these guys out. Their engines are less and come with a 7 year/70K mile warranty. Also Quadratec has an engine for ~$1795. I guess the deciding factor would be the installation (DIY vs. dealership). I'd also want to know how complete the engine is I'm buying. Good luck, keep us posted and welcome to the Forum!
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Unread 12-23-2002, 07:19 PM   #5
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Thanks, I got the engine from the boneyard.
They ran it and did a compression test. I picked it up, brought it to the car wash and cleaned the heck out of it. I then brought it home and painted it. The engine looks new now. I'm having a garage do the intalation for 400 bucks. I think I got a pretty good deal.
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Unread 12-23-2002, 09:01 PM   #6
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RR... you did the right thing!!!!... at 80k a 4.0 is just getting broken in.... these engines will go 200k and more if taken care of.... how did your wife blow one????????.... did you beat her up??
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Unread 12-24-2002, 11:57 AM   #7
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She drove it without water. I feel part to blame because I try to check her and my daughter's car for fluids every week. That particular week I skiped hers because it had no change the previous weeks, the water level was fine and the oils levels were fine.
The jeep must of developed a slow leak...
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