1996 Chevy Blazer Engine Replacement needed

Tiny
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  • 1996 CHEVROLET BLAZER
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 215,000 MILES
The engine on my 96 Blazer became overheated and when I let it cool down it ran again but real, real rough and barely. It was knocking loudly and would not go over 20-30 miles an hour and not without alot of effort/noise. When I took it into the garage, they told me the pulled the engine plug and alot of metal came out. So they told me the engine would need to be replaced.

So my questions are:
1) Is that realistically probably the only option
2) if so, any estimates on what it would take to replace the engine on a 96 Blazer LT (4WD). Would be looking to try to do this as cheap as possible given the age of the vehicle.
3) If the cost associated with 2 is too high for me, what suggestions would you have concerning what to do with the vehicle?

Thanks you very much for you help on this.
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 AT 12:48 PM

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Tiny
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Chances are they are correct. Yes, you can have your engine rebuilt, but the cost is usually higher becaue of labor.

As far as price, you can check for prices on line at nationally recognized parts stores. Many sell remanufacturered engines that come with a warranty. Or, if they plan to use a used engine, call around to salvage yards to get an idea. Not knowing where you live can play a big role in my giving you an estimate. In my area, PA, one can get a good 4.3L used for around 600.00. THen you would have the labor to install.

If the overall price is too high, I would recommend putting the vehicle on something like ebay or craigslist to sell "AS IS". I'm sure you would be able to get something for it. People need parts or may have a good engine in a wrecked vehicle.

If you have other questions, let me know.

Joe
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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 AT 6:44 PM

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