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Q: Replace engine or not ? on 2004 Ford Ranger

I was told that I need engine, head gaskets / valves etc. estimated cost at @ 2500.00. Would it be better to just replace the engine?; and for this I was quoted at $4,400.00
Recommended that I have a Jasper engine installed. I am not sure if this is a fair price for a replacement engine,which would include additional parts kit and labor. The truck has 100K miles.
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The reason you are having the head repair is likely because of exhaust valve seat issues. Not uncommon.

Because you have 100,000 miles...if you are seeking to keep the truck for any period of time, the engine replacement is not a bad idea in comparison. You will pay big money for two heads (maybe not $2,500, but still big...) and still have an engine with a 100,000 mile bottom end.

Keep in mind always that your transmission has to hold up, as well as your axles, steering, body hardware, 4x4 (if equipped)...etc...etc...

Last - Jasper... I would strongly recommend a Ford remanufactured engine over a Jasper. (this is the Ford guy in me sharing an opinion...)... I have used both, and can say that I have been much happier with the Ford product in consistency, fitment, part support, and especially warranty administration. NO HOOPS to jump through if you have a problem with your Ford remanufactured engine - all dealers honor it like a basic vehicle warranty. Jasper warranty - requires approvals, authorizations via a process, payment by credit card or check... From a repair perspective, it's just far easier to deal with the Ford component. Pricing and warranty is competitive, if not better, with the Ford unit. You could even use the Jasper price as a way to negotiate a good price on the Ford engine...
You should check the estimator and choose head gasket replace and add about 4 hundred to have the valves ground and cylinder heads resurfaced and you can get another opinion here
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