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About how much will a 3.1 motor cost to replace the one that's messed up in my car where would be the best place ot find a motor and how much is a fair price to pay

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    My engine randomly shakes, and I'm afraid that it will quit on me.



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Hello, If you have a local mechanic shop to replace that motor it will cost you any where from $1800 to $3000. I would say the dealer would cost $3500 but sometimes the extra at the dealer is more than worth it, like how long it will take to get it back.Thank you.

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