2.7 liter engine work on a '99 Dodge Intrepid

  • 2WD
  • 171,000 MILES
I have a 1999 dodge intrepid with a 2.7 liter engine. Im having a hard time finding anyone near me that isnt going to charge me over 1500 dollars just for the engine alone. Do you know of anywhere I can find a rebuilt one for cheaper then this? And or a shop that wont bring my total cost after labor above 1,700 dollars?
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Monday, July 25th, 2011 AT 11:39 PM

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Sure. What part of the job do you want to leave out?

Chrysler made a whole bunch of really tough reliable engines over the years. The 2.7L isn't one of them. It's hard to find a good one in the salvage yard. You're better off rebuilding yours, assuming that's what you're talking about; you didn't really say. If you can find anyone willing to rebuild your engine for $1700.00, you better jump on it, and thank them profusely, not try to chisel them down. You're already getting a good deal. When my students brought in engines to rebuild, the standard reply was "not unless you have $2000.00 ready to cover all the surprises", and that was just for parts and machine work. They were doing all the labor themselves.

I have to wonder what YOU do to earn a paycheck and how you would feel if someone said they really wanted you to do it for less.

Instead of complaining about the cost, buy the manufacturer's service manual, read through the chapter on engine repair, and buy the special tools shown at the end of that section. Pull the engine out yourself, disassemble it, measure all the clearances and sizes, buy the parts, pay a machine shop for the necessary prep work, buy the cleaning chemicals, the air tools necessary for resurfacing the cylinder head with the proper surface finish, and put everything back together yourself. After three to four weeks when it won't start or doesn't have oil pressure, drag it back to the mechanic who will have to start over from scratch to see what went wrong.

The immediate goal is to get the engine to run right, but professionals know there's a lot of things that affect how long the rebuild will last. A lot of owner-rebuilt engines start and run okay for a few weeks, then the oil pressure starts dropping, the little ticks and knocks appear, and the new head gaskets start leaking. The majority of those cars end up in someone's yard with a "For Sale" sign.
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Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 AT 1:38 AM

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