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Old 02-07-2007, 11:01 PM   #1
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my motor spun a bearing about a month and a half ago, and it damaged the crank, the rod, and the bearings. i've found rebuilding a motor is a pain in the @$$ and driving my mother'* car around is getting tiresome......so i'm gonna buy a new motor.

in my area, there is a 3800 that was in a 99 GP, and got about 150k miles out of it (my car'* OD says 129 k, so it'd be a step down)...but if its a 99 with 150 k, they must have mostly been highway miles, and it'* only $650, so it would get me around town for probably another year or so...then i could rebuild my motor and sell it, or sell the good parts

also, i already bought an APN UIM kit, and aluminum framed LIM gaskets, so i use them to prevent our unfortunate-but-common problem in the "new" motor.

any reccomendations?
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FYI... i got a 98 GTP L67 with 100k for $435 with no core charge..

personally i think you can do better.. but if you are strapped for time, it might be ok

does it have any warranty? is there a core charge?
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I agree with Haro.. these motors are in everything. You should be able to do better on price.
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really? this is the best deal in my area...i'll call a few more salvage yards, so far i've just looked on the internet....i just like $650, because a rebuit motor would be $1,500 to $1,800...there was one on the net out of a 2002 buick regal with only like 80k miles, but it didn't have a price...i'll give them a call today
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wait, what does core charge mean?
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a core charge is what the charge you...usually on reman parts...if you don't return the old part...for exaple...if you buy a reman water pump they want the old one returned to the store so they can rebuild that one...if you don't give them it back, the charge you a fee untill you bring it back
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so then the core charge would be to just take the engine and keep my damaged one? and the core is more or less than if i returned my old one?
anyway, i found a used engine from a private seller, all the ad said was "96 GM 3.8 motor, runs excellent, $300"...so i'd probably have to transport it myself, and i'd definately have to talk to the guy to see how many miles it has and what it was in etc.
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i called the guy, and he said it was out of a 96 oldsmobile, it would be $400, and $40 to bring it from madison (about a 45 minute drive to where i am)....the part that pleases me is it comes with a one-year warranty (i was assuming there was none)...so that'* the route i'll probably go
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one year warranty.. $400?

yup.. much better
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It does pay off to shop around

Kudos!! Let us know when you get her in and pictures please of the progress
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