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1995 Chevrolet Astro Question: Does it pay to replace a 1995 Chev astro van engine with 109k, the engines shot

 

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jpmorais, Hampton Bays, NY, October 04, 2013, 04:40
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I had the intake manifold gasket and thermostat replaced at the tune of 676.00 in Jan. Now the van broke down suddenly on a freeway ramp (almost got crushed) and had it towed. My mechanic said the engine is shot, need a new rebuilt. I've maintained this van by the book it has 109k. Does it pay to do this, and are there any guarantees/warantees i should know about. I can't find a decent used vehicle to replace this van. How much should an engine replacement cost?

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    pushrod October 04, 2013, 04:45
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    I would really like to know exactly what happened to your engine! This 4.3 V/6 is usually good for at 'least' 200k! If it has got to have the engine replaced, it is beyond reasonable repair! Labor alone will probably exceed it's worth. Very time consuming swap!!

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    jpmorais, October 04, 2013, 05:10
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    I got a vague answer..."the engine is shot" the tie rod is making a loud noise, I drove it home from the mechanic, he said he could junk it for scrap for 2-300 bucks. I just put tires on it in June for $500. and other stuff. I was able to drive it home with the flashers on, going really slow. It was loud and low powered, but it drove. Maybe he didn't do a thorough diagnostic to see exactly what happened? If I can get it into another shop, what should I ask them to do, if it's worth it. Thanks so much.

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    pushrod, October 04, 2013, 05:18
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    Do you mean connecting rod instead of tie rod? That's possible. Well, just ask what happened to this engine. Did the bearings go out, you know find out why it has got to be replaced. We can't argue with a mechanic that can check it out hands on! It's not worth an engine swap! If it were running good and in pretty good shape otherwise, it's worth "MAYBE" 1,500.00 To 2,000.00 "RETAIL" price! Take the repair money and buy you another vehicle cause transmission trouble may be next!!
    Good luck with it.

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    Greg's Orange Auto (12248 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper October 04, 2013, 05:48
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    the cost is high for that year but you will have no car payments thats a plus. the cost will be approx 5k for a 3yr 100k mile warranty eng install you decide

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