Engines that Fit? 1992 SSEi - fix it or part it out?
Short version: 1992 SSEi, 220K, exterior some plastic damage and faded, interior seats cracked and torn. $1500 in recent repairs, immediately followed by a spun main or rod bearing.
Do I find a salvage block and repair it? Labor alone will be $800.
Do I research other motors that would fit and get an upgrade, S2 L67, S3 L67, LX5, L47?
Do I replace the whole car and wind up with $5k -$10K of new debt?
As part of replacing the whole car, the current one would become a parts donor, with a low mileage M92, new radiator, and other good parts, fenders, lights, hood, glass, doors, fixable seats, etc.
Other cars in consideration to replace the '92 SSEi are:
2000-2004 SSEi or GXP
2001-2004 Aurora 4.0 or 3.5
1999-2002 Lexus LS400, LS300, ES300
1999-2002 Subaru Outback
2000+ Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, etc.