Question about Saturn L300
Well to start with, the timing chain involves more than just a chain, there are gears, tensioners and guides. When these wear out, it causes the engine to jump time, or stop all together, and this happens fast and with no warning. The chain runs around the crankshaft and the cams, as the cams turn, they open the valves at the proper time. When there is a problem with the timing chain, the cams open the valves at the wrong time, or leaves some valves stuck open, which then the pistons comes up and hits the valves and bends them, they call these engines interference fit motors, when the chain goes, it bends the valves, which then involves removing the heads and fixing the vavles, as well as repairing the original problem, the timing chain. If the vehicle is in overall great shape, it would be worth at least getting a used motor, $1500.00 is not a bad price for an used motor, if it has low miles, preferablly, under 80,000 miles, some used motors might have a 30 day or 6 months warranty, but their labor is WAY out of line, maybe a $1000-1500, but not $3500!!! I would check some other shops. A remanufacted motor such as a Jasper's motor with 3 year 36,000 mile warranty would run around $3000, same labor. I wouldn't put more than $5000 in the whole job, because you are talking a big chunk of money, that could be used for a nice down payment. If you put that into the vehicle, you should be able to get it back out of the vehicle at resale or trade in time, it will then have a good running motor, not a boat anchor. The best from a salvage yard might be $250-$500. To me, it all comes down to how much you like the vehicle, and also consider other problems you could have in the future, e.i. transmission, differential, suspension, brakes and so on. So, all and all, if you can afford the new car payment, I'd go with the new car, because you are going to get a new car, plus the new car warranty.
Thanks, I hope this helps,
Posted on Apr 29, 2010
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