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jayta
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Dec 22, 2012, 11:37 AM

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Help! Newer Used Car or Replace with Used Engine Sign In

I bought a 2005 loaded Mazda 6 v6, heated seats etc at the end of 2011. However a year after purchase, I had a knocking noise in my engine which got louder everytime it changed gears. Mazda has now told me that it was a bent rod in my engine and that I will need a new used engine to fix my car. Funnily enough, other than the noise at time of shifting to a higher gear, it really ran very well. Now I am faced with a choice of either replacing it with a used engine - they found me two (101k for $2600 or 42k for $3600). The cost of the engine and labour which they have quoted me about $1600 for the change out, has me pondering whether I should buy a newer used car which will cost me more as I'd purchase one closer to 2008 or 2009 or change it out and keep my Mazda6 which has nothing wrong with it (that I know of) other than the engine.

Please help me as I really do not know what is the best option for me.


nickwarner
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Dec 22, 2012, 11:56 AM

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Re: Help! Newer Used Car or Replace with Used Engine Sign In

If you like the car and its overall in good shape, I'd swing a motor in it. If you aren't worried about cost as much, you could buy something newer but you could probably get your money's worth out of this car.

Either way you would buy a good running car. You've had a year with this one so you know how it acts and you say this has been the only issue with it. Get something else and you don't know if a problem might come up in 2 or three months that could be pricey, like a transmission or something.


Discretesignals
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Dec 22, 2012, 11:56 AM

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Re: Help! Newer Used Car or Replace with Used Engine Sign In

How is the rest of the vehicle? Have you called around some other reputable shops in your area and gotten a quote?

$1600 in labor equates to $125/hour because the job to R&R with transfer of parts is 12.7 hrs.

There are independent shops that would half that labor estimate you got from the dealer.

You can buy a brand new automatic engine for around $3830 from the dealer, so paying $3600 for a salvage yard engine is ridiculous.

I'd say call around some other shops in your area and get some estimates. Then weigh your options.





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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Dec 22, 2012, 12:01 PM)


jayta
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Dec 22, 2012, 12:06 PM

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Re: Help! Newer Used Car or Replace with Used Engine Sign In

Thanks for the replies guys!

I really do love my car. The only issue is the engine. I haven't had any issues with any other part of the vehicle.

As for a new engine, does it matter what engine goes into my car? The engine quotes I got were the same make and model of the car I have. 2005 Mazda 6 v6. As well, the engines were from out of province MB and I live in Saskatchewan. So I think that might have included cost of freight?

As for getting the labour costs, thanks for the recommendation of getting quotes. I wasn't sure if that was a regular cost for labour these days - since I've never had to do anything like this before.

My only issue is trying to figure out who would be a good automotive shop to call to find out comparable estimates. Ones I can trust.

You have been very helpful! If you have any other hints or recommendations that would be great!


Discretesignals
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Dec 22, 2012, 12:16 PM

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Re: Help! Newer Used Car or Replace with Used Engine Sign In

You want to stick with the same year and same application when it comes to another engine. They may have made changes throughout the years, so you don't want to run into problems.

Ask friends and family. Check out the BBB. Take it to a shop that is licensed and insured only. Stay away from goobers that will work on it cheap in their back yard or your driveway. If your interested in a shop, visit it and take a look around with a friend. Don't be afraid to ask questions about warranty and other misc. cost associated with replacing the engine. The more information you have, the better decision you'll make.





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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Dec 22, 2012, 12:18 PM)


jayta
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Dec 22, 2012, 12:26 PM

Post #6 of 7 (1042 views)
Re: Help! Newer Used Car or Replace with Used Engine Sign In

Thank you again! I am not a car person by any means and it was stressing me out - and just before Christmas too.

This does take a load of my mind and I have begun to email around to find out what others may be able to do about cost/labour. Is it likely that I might be able to get the cost down on a quote for a used engine from a dealer/shop? I mean they are dealing with a third party autowrecker for the part.

Anyways, have a Merry Christmas all!


Discretesignals
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Dec 22, 2012, 12:32 PM

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Re: Help! Newer Used Car or Replace with Used Engine Sign In

Sure you could.

The dealer gets used engines from a salvage yard, so an independent can too. An independent can get a new engine from the dealer or a re manufactured one from another company also. You have those options to play around with.

If you choose a used, reman, or new engine they all should come with some kind of warranty. Most shops warranty their labor for a year.





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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Dec 22, 2012, 12:34 PM)






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