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Blown Engine in 2000 Solara

I have a 2000 Solara...2.2L 5 spd manual and the engine is knocking real bad. I put a Class 2 hitch on the car and towed a single-motorcycle trailer with a 2005 Kawasaki Ninja on it to Mississippi. The total towing weight was 780 lbs. When I made this trip 2 months ago, the car had 148K miles on it and ran without issues. I got 19mpg going down and 35mpg coming back w/o the trailer. I believe that I over-worked the motor and was it's eventual undoing.

I was coming home from work 2 weeks ago and by the time I got home, there was a knocking noise that changed with the speed of the engine. I let the car sit for 2 days on level ground and found the car to be 2.5 qts low on oil. Know that I bought the car from my step-mother and she is the original owner and took very good care of the car. I never thought to check oil because I saw no leaks, the engine had never used oil before my trip and quite honestly, I never thought I would EVER have a problem with a Toyota engine.

My local Toyota garage told me "Internal Engine Failure" after their $87.00 diagnostic service. The gave me a price of $3580.00 to rebuild the motor or $4100.00 to replace it with another engine with 79K miles on it.

I don't have that kind of money to give to them to do the work...I don't think I want to try to tackle rebuilding the engine myself...I think I have narrowed it down to replacing the engine myself (as I cannot find any local mechanic that wants the job)

My question is: Where can I find a good engine...one that I KNOW the guys selling it is not trying to rip me off. A 30 day or 3 month warranty is fine and all...but I don't want to have to pull it back out to swap it out. I want to purchase a motor from someone that is reputable and someone I can trust to sell me a motor known to operate properly.

Any suggestions? Thanks for reading.

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  • clawthat Sep 09, 2008

    The engine that they found is local and they even gave me the number to the junk yard they priced it at. The bulk of the cost is their labor. The engine was $1500.00. They want $2600.00 labor to install. That's another engine and a cold beer...or 2.

  • clawthat Sep 09, 2008

    Ok...didn't mean to ruffle any feathers...but you didn't answer the question really...you gave a helpful suggestion, not an answer..."Thanks for Trying"...



    If you want to get technical and If you read my "Detailed" question, you will notice that I am asking for information for someone who KNOWS a reputable company or could point me in the right direction. You made a suggestion based on my need to save money, perhaps...but it didn't answer my question. Like I said, Thanks for the input and for trying.



    The internet gives me an array of prices for these engines...but I don't know any of these companies, how they do business, or how they treat their customer or back their product. I just need someone that could tell me, "Hey, I have done this before and this Company X or Z is great and they will treat you right." or "I do engine swaps for a living and we get all of our motors from Company M and we have had great service and no problems." Maybe no one CAN help me with this question...but I had to ask.



    Replacing motors is not what I do for a living and if I have to do it myself, to save money, I want to make sure the company or person I purchase the motor from is not trying to screw me with another blown engine and then they won't take the motor back or make good on the engine...I have already been down that road once before. I don't need the hassle.



    I already looked on the internet for pricing...the engine price was not my issue with Toyota...my issue with them is the $2600.00 they want to swap engines.

  • clawthat Sep 09, 2008

    Do you not read anything I have written? I don't have time for this back and forth with you. I appreciate your suggestion, not askinig you to read my mind...just my question. If you don't have the answer I have asked for...twice now...please move on and help someone else. Thank you my friend.

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Go on the internet (Goggle) and run a search for used engines for your car, get a few prices with shipping, then contact the dealer armed with that info, I bet the price will come down.

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    yadayada Sep 09, 2008

    You asked a specific question and I answered based on the info you gave, the anwser was correct and at very least helpful, why the BIG ZERO RATING OF THANKS FOR TRYING???

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    yadayada Sep 09, 2008

    I am not a mind reader my friend, say what you want the first time, please change the rating.

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