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Unread 07-25-2014, 11:23 AM   #1
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Rebuild or replace 2003 Jeep Overland?

I have a 2003 Jeep Overland loaded, HO engine, tow package etc.150,000 miles. It has new exhaust, tires, battery. Body and interior in great shape. No tranny problems. Radiator sprang a leak and I burnt the motor up.

Several quotes on rebuilt motor install around $6000 with warranty.

I see my options as:

1. Pay 6G and get my Jeep back with rebuilt warranted motor.
2. Try to find comparable vehicle for 6G and scrap my Jeep.

I don't have a place to part out old Jeep so thats not an option.
I don't have a place or time to rebuild my self.

I am leaning toward option 1. Would like to hear some opinions.

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Unread 07-25-2014, 11:38 AM   #2
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If you want to go with something simliar to option 1, I would just put a used engine in. It should cost 1/2 of what a rebuild would be..

The rebuild warranty is only going to be on the work of the engine, if it overheats again they will not warranty stuff like that...

If you go option 2, you could probably get a ton of money by parting out the vehicle as it has a lot of desirable parts that can be swapped in the limiteds and standard laredos...
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Unread 07-25-2014, 03:38 PM   #3
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Get a long block for 2.2k(brand new) and install it yourself. You can get an engine hoist and add all new pumps and seals etc for around 3k and that includes engine warranty. Plus you'll learn a lot a save a lot of money. That's what I would do.

Or get a used engine for 500 with around 70k miles and put that in and save 2500. But hey you get peace of mind and an all new vehicle for the extra 2.5k
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Unread 07-26-2014, 08:31 AM   #4
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Can you find a used 4.7 for less than $1,200-1,500?

Last time I checked, high mileage 4.7 engines were going for around $1,500.

And once you get to that price point, I wouldn't waste my time on a used motor.
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Unread 07-26-2014, 09:25 AM   #5
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Can you find a used 4.7 for less than $1,200-1,500? Last time I checked, high mileage 4.7 engines were going for around $1,500. And once you get to that price point, I wouldn't waste my time on a used motor.
These prices are for the 4.7LO not the 4.7HO that the OP has. The 4.7HO will be more, if you can find a good one used...
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Unread 07-26-2014, 09:47 AM   #6
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These prices are for the 4.7LO not the 4.7HO that the OP has. The 4.7HO will be more, if you can find a good one used...
Correct, thanks for clarifying that for me.

I was seeing standard output 4.7s going for $1,200-1,500. This was a couple years ago.

I didn't see any for under $1,000.

A used, affordable 4.7 HO could be a very tough find.
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Unread 07-26-2014, 10:06 AM   #7
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Thanks for all of your input. I sure hate to spend that kind of money but I still think my best bet is a rebuilt motor with a warranty. The HO motor is plenty for pulling my bass boat or utility trailer. I just don't think I will find something in the $6000 price range that would serve my needs like the Jeep will when I get it back.
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Unread 07-26-2014, 09:34 PM   #8
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I say rebuild, bore it .30 over and address the valve issue with some cnc ported heads.
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Unread 07-27-2014, 08:55 AM   #9
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[QUOTE=madZJ;24514538]I say rebuild, bore it .30 over and address the valve issue with some cnc ported heads.[/QUOTE

If its going to be rebuilt I whole heartly agree with this above, at the very least address the valves...



OP have you considered just buying another overland for the 6000? Part the other out?

I know by me (dealer wise) there are atleast 8 overlands for 6000 or less...

Or you can even drop to an 02-04 Limited with the HO engine...

Or spend even less and just get a limited(probably under 3000) and swap the overland stuff to it...

I would really hate to see you spend 6000 on a repair of an 11 year old vehicle...

By the way, why did you need a new exhaust? (I just read that part on your original post) The factory system is stainless...
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Unread 07-27-2014, 10:21 AM   #10
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I would sell you my overland for 2500...runs perfect just has a bad catalytic converter and rocker rust. Not really a parts car per se as its inspected and used everyday...but could fix your car.
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Unread 07-29-2014, 07:12 AM   #11
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I say rebuild, bore it .30 over and address the valve issue with some cnc ported heads.
What valve issue are you referring to?
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Unread 07-30-2014, 07:46 AM   #12
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Thanks for all your replies. Like I said in my original post, I don't have a place to change out motor or part out a vehicle. ( I live in a Senior citizen mobile home park and they don't allow major work, which is a good thing!)
I shopped around and decided it will be very difficult to find a vehicle for $6000 that will do what my Jeep will do. (Pull my boat, 4WD, 3 yr warranty on engine, new radiator and water pump) I might if I shopped long enough but I don't have time. (Or another vehicle right now). I decided on rebuilt engine install. Thanks again for all your input!
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Unread 07-30-2014, 07:54 AM   #13
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Be careful who you buy the "new" rebuilt motor from. Previous owner of my WJ spend over $2,000 for a "rebuilt" motor and ended up getting two bad ones from the manufacturer and they refused to warranty engine #2. He got burned really bad. Think he bought it through Advance Auto Parts, but it wasn't their fault. It was the fault of ATK...the company who ship them out as junk.
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I was gonna say how much do you want to sell the shell for? Id be interested in it if you decide not to fix it .. depending on where you are that is
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I was gonna say how much do you want to sell the shell for? Id be interested in it if you decide not to fix it .. depending on where you are that is
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