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Engine siezed ... repair man wants 2600 dollars to repair...doesn't that seem high? Carless in Virginia

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Sounds about right...you can go cheaper but for a decent engine and labor it's fair. (you are replacing not repairing it, correct?)

  • chris cogburn Nov 27, 2013

    That might be a LITTLE on the high side, but not much. Unless you really, REALLY love that car, I recommend selling it and starting over. Place an ad like 'Mechanic's Special' if the rest of the car is in good shape. Otherwise, you can maybe get a few hundred bucks at the junkyard.

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If the engine seized it must be overhauled and the labor is quite intense, this is the approximate quote I would expect if he is replacing the engine.

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For that [price you should have a replacement engine installed and with warranty, Call around and get some price to having your engine replaced with a rebuilt and installed so you know how much it would cost to just replace the engine with a rebuilt so you know every major parts are new and it will have warranty. Good luck and hope this helps, most engine's are around $1,800 and install is an extra $500.00, which is around the same price as you were given. Just5 make sure your price is a new rebuilt and not just repair the broken parts in yours. Good luck and hope this helps. 

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No, that sounds about right. Depending what's wrong with it, the simplest thing is to replace the whole engine. Sounds drastic I know, but it's not nearly as painful as diagnosing a seized engine.

You can shop around for 'crate' engines, and your guy could probably find a junkyard engine that would work. I'd recommend a crate motor though, they usually have a decent warranty.

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Although $2600 isn't all that unreasonable for an engine rebuild (if that's what your mechanic wants to do) but under the best of conditions, your car is only worth $1800. Your money would be better spent investing it in a new car.

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