What'* the status on the replacement engine?
Ah sorry, haven't been on the board in a while to reply.
Anyway, quick summary. I bought the engine from Ed Morad for $950, had the dealer install for $1500. Orig price quote was $1300 but I had them replace the Pressure Control Solenoid (was having THAT tranny problem too) and the oil pan (Ed said they lose their seal...so I figured I'd get it taken care of for cheap when the engine was out of the car).
So now the results. The car actually feels much better than before. The engine is much quieter than my old one, and the new PCS seemed to fix my tranny problem...so the car rides much smoother now. All in all, it looks like the dealer did a good job on the install. I was expecting the worst. No leaks, rides smooth and purrs like a kitten on extacy.
So now I need to decide if I dump the car while it is riding so wonderfully...or if I keep it until the next major repair.