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1998 Nissan Altima Question: should I buy a new engine or junk the car?

 

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Chozen4apurpose, Bay Shore, NY, May 13, 2013, 07:08
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I recently blew the engine the timing chain went. My mechanic is telling me not to junk the car if it was his he would get a new engine ($900 for parts and labor) the car is in great condition (minus the paint job) I love my car though and I really don't want to junk it.

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    pushrod May 13, 2013, 07:16
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    Fix it, drive it awhile, then get Maaco to paint it! The next one you get you may hate! That is a good price also, almost too good???! Cant buy a real good go cart for that! How many miles on the replacement engine?

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    Greg's Orange Auto (12205 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper May 13, 2013, 12:44
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    DEPENDS ON YOU $ ISSUES IF ANY. CAN YOU AFFORD A NEW CAR? 900.00 FOR NEW ENG INSATLLED I WOULD DO THAT

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    Villageauto, May 15, 2013, 09:18
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    New engine? Sounds like a used engine at that pricing. actually the pricing sounds too good. Get an estimate in writing as to exactly what you are getting. $900 sounds too inexpensive for this type of repair. The engine alone would seem to be in the $900 range plus labor and other needed anciliary components.

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