Was told I need a new motor for my 1999 dodge durango, can you estimate how much it will cost?
There are several variables present here. First, are you replacing Just the engine short-block? or are you doing a Long-block? (Includes cylinder heads)
Then there is the question of if you want to replace it with a used engine or a remanufactured engine.
Depending on the shop performing the repairs, a used engine can cost less than half the cost of a remanufactured engine. ( The installer stuffs it into your vehicle pretty much the way it came from the salvage yard) or a used engine can cost almost the same as a remanufactured engine. (The installer strips the engine from the salvage yard and transfers all engine accessories, including intake manifold,exhaust manifolds, oil pan, sensors, etc. from your original engine. - this is the better way, but it adds labor costs)
Most used engines will have only a 90 day warranty. Some salvage yards will only give you 30 days.
Remanufactured engines vary from 12 months or 12,000 miles all the way to 3 years or 100,000 miles for the high-end ones like Jasper.
You need to determine what is important to you. Do you want it as cheap as possible? or do you need a good warranty on the thing after you have spent your hard-earned money on getting it replaced?
The actual price can vary by thousands of dollars. Your best bet is to get a reputable shop that does engine replacements to give you 3 estimates. (If they won't do 3 estimates, you probably don't want them working on your truck.)
When I do engine replacement estimates for my customers, I usually give them all the options. I will write-up an estimate based on a used engine, then I will write one based on a low-end remanufactured engine, then I will write another one based on a Jasper Engine. I make sure they understand the warranty differences of each option. Then I let the customer decide the coarse of action.
In my opinion, Jasper has the best warranty in the business. They put ALL of their engines on a dynomometer for testing before they leave their facilities. They are nation-wide, and I have never had any problems getting my customers taken care of in the event of a warranty claim - even when they were clear across the country on vacation/business when a problem occured. Jasper is the only remanufacturer that I am aware of that will pay the labor to repair the engine if it has a problem. You will, however, pay dearly for this warranty.
In any event, it is still cheaper than buying a new truck.
Oct 17, 2009 |
1999 Dodge Durango