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Old 02 Jan 2011, 08:31 pm
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i have honda hatchback 92 it has 262,000 miles blowing out white smoke from muffler.One mechanic says take out motor and put a a 60,000 mile motor which will cost me 1400 or 1500 but on 90 day warranty.The other says he will rebuilt my motor for 1,000 its a year warranty for that. Now i plan to drive this car for a while longer.what would be the best thing to do?

this is my commuter car it has brand new water pump timing belt and other belts hoses radiator that i put in less than 4 months ago.i am saving money for a newer car but i dont want to by another replacement car to then have problems wit that car
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Old 02 Jan 2011, 09:01 pm
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Go for the rebuild its cheaper more warranty and you start at zero miles.
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Old 02 Jan 2011, 09:16 pm
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Can you get that in writing (1000 dollars firm) and how long has the mechanic been in business that promises that low of a price?

If you are sure that the warranty will not be one of those, well you did not pay to have that fixed things pulled on you, or I need to rebuild the head, that is extra.

I don't see how a mechanic car rebuild a motor for 1000 dollars and do the complete job. I can see how he might fix a head gasket for that.

Go with your gut on this one, a good price and a warranty does not mean that the mechanic will honor it when the time comes to collect or that he will even still be in business. If you think he is honest and the warranty is worth more then a piece of paper it would be a good deal.
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Old 02 Jan 2011, 09:31 pm
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Go rebuild, it's better in the long run. a swap is better if your doing stuff like racing due to all the work that is what is being covered and the new engine. plus the extra parts that you would get. rebuild is great for taking what you have and making it fresh so it can last longer with out the worry of the swap goin bad.
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Old 02 Jan 2011, 09:46 pm
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The rebuild will most likely only cover the heads, camshaft and valves, and leave the crankshaft, block and pistons with 262k on them.I'd advise you to do the swap, because it covers both the bottom end and the top end.

Actually, I'd advise you to get a different car... $1500 dollars is too much to spend to repair a high mileage beater.
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Old 02 Jan 2011, 10:01 pm
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Do yourself a favor and go on You can get yourself a d-series engine on there for $150-$300. Buy it and have a mechanic install it for you
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Old 02 Jan 2011, 10:16 pm
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Life lesson. Ready? Owning and operating a car costs a lot of money. My car is paid for and I do all the maint myself, but between gas, tires, insurance, oil, and misc stuff it costs me 17 cents a mile, 3400 a year to run my 20,000 miles. That doesn't include depreciation. Owning a car this cheap is very stupid. Very, very stupid and oddly expensive. A $500 car and a $10000 car will have roughly the same operating expenses, so you may as well get something decent. You can get something decent for about 5,000 that wont hose you over in maint and repairs. Don't put any more money into this car, I would sell it or drive it until it breaks and buy something better. Most of the time they "say" its cheaper to repair a car than buy another but this thing is TWENTY years old! Give it up. Get a corolla, crv, newer civic...don't waste your time on something that is a complete money pit unless you have a boyfriend who is a mechanic. My cars aren't the newest but Ive maintained them myself and know they are good. My wife has a 97 crv with 235,000 miles and my 2002 RSX has 155.000 miles. I like old Honda's but you re throwing good money after bad here....
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Old 02 Jan 2011, 10:31 pm
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sorry so sound rude but im just being honest swap u have a 200k plus motor even if u rebuild it guess what it still has over 200k plus but it just has new valve train head gasket kit new cam all that and a swap has 60k and when u do a swap they are practically new and are much less likely to malfunction hence the lower warranty time do the swap its more $$$ but will cost u less in the long run
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