My first engine buy....:(

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Old 01-15-08, 04:34 PM
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My first engine buy....:(

I really screwed up, my engine is shot. I need to replace the 3.8 on my Ford Windstar with 100K miles.

They are telling me it'd be around $2,600 for a used (20K) engine, and about $3,600 for a rebuilt.

Damn....I new it would be pricey...but wow!

Any advise on which way to go and how to approach this?

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Old 01-15-08, 05:14 PM
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Search salvage/junk yards. Those prices are reasonable considering the engine powers your vehicle

That lower price is a tiny bit more then my headlamps in my vehicle
 
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What year is it, and what is blue book value on it in the shape yours is, and IF the engine were good with 100K on it?
 
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2000 Windstar,nice

It's a 2000 Windstar, better model in good condition other wise. CD Player, good air, nice paint, nice trim, reliable and trannyseems ok.
I am the dumb crap whole hauled HUGE loads of lumber when I was building my garage/loft getaway with the van low on oil. I screwed up the engine.
I had all Aerostars with the 4.0 for previous vehicle. Used to gettting 170 K out of them before some woman would hit me and demolish it.
I never had engine and tranny problems, and I'm 60. Can't even blame this one on Ford, it's my dumb **** fault. I was so absorbed in the building going on.
 
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I see. So that said, what is that thing worth if the engine were good and nobody knew that you did all that hauling with it? Does it sag at all now?
 
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does it "sag" at all now? not sure what sag is. Please tell me.

Since I did the overload pulls on low oil, the engine burns a LOT of oil now, and think a knock is starting. I feel it will blow /break in less than 1,000 miles.
Probably worth about 5 or 6 K if engine fine.
 
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Old 01-16-08, 04:59 AM
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About $2600 for a Jasper remanned + installation.

Ecman was curious if the suspension is shot from the hauling.
 
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no sag

no, it needs shocks but didn't damage frame or suspension. the trailer had duallies, but it weighed so much the strain was obvious. Would still have been ok but I was so low on oil.
I just get so pissed at myself for screwing up and now having to shell out that much money cause I was dumb!
 
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Old 01-16-08, 03:02 PM
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trailer

just a correction I saw that picture and the trailer has or had tandem axles, not duallys, I still think low oil was after the fact, you would've still messed up the engine anyhow, you did find out about low oil after hauling right ?
 
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Kelly Blue Book sez a 2000 Winstar minivan 100K Private Party sale is $3200 in excellent condition. Put 20W50 oil in it and trade it to your local dealer and let him deal with it. Have a good one. Geo
 
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Kelly Blue Book sez a 2000 Winstar minivan 100K Private Party sale is $3200 in excellent condition. Put 20W50 oil in it and trade it to your local dealer and let him deal with it. Have a good one. Geo
x2. I've wasted too much time and money on used cars and lost it everytime(but learn't alot). I would only put the new engine in assuming the rest of the vehicle is in decent shape and won't require any other costly maintenance which at 8 years starts to become unpredictable. Unless you figure you can get $2600 out of driving it in the next few years, I wouldn't... Only other cheaper route would be if you can get an engine from the wreckers and find a mechanic friend to do the swap, or rebuild.
 
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Old 01-16-08, 04:29 PM
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ya Lou Bazooka, the oil was likely very low before the too heavy hauls. That is a point I forget to factor in. I have a personality where I always blame myself first, even in a case like this when maybe something else caused the problem heavy haul or not.
There has been a lot of good postings here, I have a decision to make and you all helped me to make a better decision.
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