2005 Ford F-150 Blown engine

Tiny
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  • 2005 FORD F-150
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 245,000 MILES
At 245000 miles my engine finally gave out. I've found a 3yr 36k mile engine online for 4k. My ford dealer wanted 5500.00. I'm wanting to know what a fair labor charge would be to install the new motor. The Ford dealer wants 2000.00 to install it. I think this is high, but I could be wrong.I live in western Colorado. Thank you
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Monday, March 8th, 2010 AT 11:32 PM

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Tiny
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Why not rebuild your engine? You could do that twice for $6000.00. Rebuilding my Voyager V-6 engine cost $300.00 for psrts, a couple hundred dollars for machine work, and four hours to remove it and about six hours installation. Was my own labor to rebuild it so I can't put a price on that, but it cost way less and it's just like new.

$2000, 00 doesn't seem so bad for removing and replacing an engine, but 4 grand for an engine is really a bunch. A lot of brand new "crate" engines don't cost that much.

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Monday, March 8th, 2010 AT 11:49 PM
Tiny
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The last engine I rebuilt, A LS1 ended up costing more than a crate motor would've, I got a Ford crate motor for this truck. Machine shops quote 1 thing and charge another. They hit me for over 1k just for pistons and rings. So you think 2k is fair? I don't have a shop rt now. Or I'd do it myself.
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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 AT 12:34 AM
Tiny
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You didn't say what's wrong with your engine. Unless a rod came through the side of the block, I would guess rebuilding it would cost less. I taught engine rebuilding for nine years, and can't imagine how costs could run up to $4000.00. Based on your previous experiences, you are in a better position to know if $2000.00 labor is reasonable or not. I do know a lot of shops have to charge over $100.00 per hour labor to pay all the bills. I wouldn't want to pay two grand for labor, but I can understand how the bill could get that high.

I also have a friend who rebuilds one to two year old smashed Dodge trucks. He recently had to buy a used low mileage '08 diesel engine. He paid $1800.00 and wasn't very happy. That's why I'm thinking $4000.00 is a bunch.

After rereading your original post, I'm confused by all the numbers. Is the $5500.00 for a crate engine installed? Or do you mean they want another $1500.00 to install a $4000.00 used engine? If you have a crate engine, why do you need another one. Not that all these details are important. It just seems 4 grand is kind of high, and two grand for installation is not totally unreasonable.

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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 AT 3:12 AM

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