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Patinkin 09-20-2012 03:01 PM

Help Needed: Trying To Sell a '95 With a Seized Engine
 
My '95 Wrangler S4-cylinder, 4WD, no power anything, no A/Cis in very good shape, has five good tires, very little rust (one spot not easy to even see, as it's been painted over), and LOW miles; less than 130k.

The problem is the engine is seized. I'm not a gearhead *at all*, so hope I'm stating the issue correctly here as my mechanic stated it: "The bottom dropped off and I 'lost the bearing, so the engine seized." My mechanic, who has been trustworthy for years, quoted me $3,200 drive out for a refurbished engine install.

I love that Jeep, but cannot see putting that kind of money into it, and do not have any kind of knowledge, ability, or time to do it myself (assuming I could find someone to sell me an engine I trust), so I have to sell my baby. Question is: What should I reasonably expect?

One friend tried to steal it for $500, and I just told him no flat-out. Another is up to $1,200 (he's planning to take the engine out of his Jeep and put it in mine), but my notion is I should be able to get $2,500 or so.

Am I crazy? What is reasonable?

Do I have some other option about which I just don't know? If there was a way I could keep driving the Jeep, I would, but I can't afford some crazy repair.

HELP!

PaulRevere1991 09-20-2012 03:22 PM

i'm sorry to her about your jeep, but i would take the 1,200. 2,500 is what you should be getting if their was nothing wrong with it.

think about it like this. you don't want to spend 3200 to replace your engine.
So someone else is gonna spend 2500 to buy the jeep and then 3200 to replace the engine. a total 5700 for a 4cyl jeep with no power steering or a/c.
Go on Craigslist and look at jeeps and see how much that 5700 is gonna buy you. Its gonna be either a modified Jeep thats lifted and stuff or a great condition Sahara, which was top of the line.

if i was looking at you jeep i would offer you no more than 700.

2xs 09-20-2012 04:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PaulRevere1991 (Post 2813028)
if i was looking at you jeep i would offer you no more than 700.

Same here. Take the 1200, or fix it yourself with some friends that have the knowledge.

Norcal_Chris 09-20-2012 04:19 PM

Not sure were you are from but you can usually buy a running yj in good shape for 2500. Maybe even with a lift.

I agree you will be lucky to get 1k for it.

I think the mechanic is asking way too much for that engine rebuild also...

Brian W.V. 09-20-2012 04:36 PM

^^^^x2

blackdiamond7 09-20-2012 04:40 PM

i currently have a 98 tj with a bad bearing and i got quoted for a rebuild for 1800. either sell for 1,200 or look for a new mechanic that is more reasonable on his price good luck :)

Carlsbad0331 09-20-2012 06:03 PM

Wow, that mechanic is really sticking it to you... You should be able to get a used motor for under $1000 and find someone to install it for another $300-$400. A rebuilt motor can be bought around here for under $1500 with the same cost to install.

PaulRevere1991 09-20-2012 07:06 PM

i think thats what the mechanic offered, to buy a rebuilt motor and install it

Carlsbad0331 09-20-2012 10:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PaulRevere1991 (Post 2813667)
i think thats what the mechanic offered, to buy a rebuilt motor and install it

Sure, with a 100% markup and parts and labor...
Wish the OP was here in SoCal, we could "gitter done" and save the kid half his money.
Here you go...All for $1200, and installation $400.
  • 7-Year/100,000 mile warranty
  • Guarantee to meet or exceed the OEM quality and specifications
  • Installed precision milled cylinder head(s)
  • Installed Valve train:
    new valves, new valve seals, new valve seating
  • Leak tested Heads & Block
  • Milled Cylinder Head/s
  • New Main Bearings
  • New Oil Pump
  • New Pistons
  • New Rod Bearings
  • New Seals & Gaskets
  • New Timing Belt

AKohler883 09-20-2012 10:34 PM

Did the mechanic offer to buy it ? If so, that is why he is quoting so high. He wants to buy it cheap, fix it cheap.
Seen it before. They would rather make the money themselves than help you out.

I put a 350 crate motor in my Camaro for $1500. Not that big of a deal if you know somebody with an engine hoist. Heck, buy one at Harbor Freight and sell it afterward.

bangingears 09-20-2012 10:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Patinkin (Post 2812980)
My '95 Wrangler S4-cylinder, 4WD, no power anything, no A/Cis in very good shape, has five good tires, very little rust (one spot not easy to even see, as it's been painted over), and LOW miles; less than 130k.

The problem is the engine is seized. I'm not a gearhead *at all*, so hope I'm stating the issue correctly here as my mechanic stated it: "The bottom dropped off and I 'lost the bearing, so the engine seized." My mechanic, who has been trustworthy for years, quoted me $3,200 drive out for a refurbished engine install.

I love that Jeep, but cannot see putting that kind of money into it, and do not have any kind of knowledge, ability, or time to do it myself (assuming I could find someone to sell me an engine I trust), so I have to sell my baby. Question is: What should I reasonably expect?

One friend tried to steal it for $500, and I just told him no flat-out. Another is up to $1,200 (he's planning to take the engine out of his Jeep and put it in mine), but my notion is I should be able to get $2,500 or so.

Am I crazy? What is reasonable?

Do I have some other option about which I just don't know? If there was a way I could keep driving the Jeep, I would, but I can't afford some crazy repair.

HELP!

ur crazy. plain and simple. 500-1200 is more then reasonable. you just said its would cost 3200 to put an engine in it. you cant expect to get top dollar for a head ache, it may not bother you, but a dude that has to pay XXX-X? for a jeep that doesnt run, tow it to a shop and then pray 3200 is all it needs. I am a service writer for a living. sometimes you should do a clutch at the same time as the swap, or??? ID take the 1200 and skip away.

Patinkin 09-21-2012 11:33 AM

Can This Be Had in the Atlanta Area?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Carlsbad0331 (Post 2814282)
Sure, with a 100% markup and parts and labor...
Wish the OP was here in SoCal, we could "gitter done" and save the kid half his money.
Here you go...All for $1200, and installation $400.
  • 7-Year/100,000 mile warranty
  • Guarantee to meet or exceed the OEM quality and specifications
  • Installed precision milled cylinder head(s)
  • Installed Valve train:
    new valves, new valve seals, new valve seating
  • Leak tested Heads & Block
  • Milled Cylinder Head/s
  • New Main Bearings
  • New Oil Pump
  • New Pistons
  • New Rod Bearings
  • New Seals & Gaskets
  • New Timing Belt

Man, I'd do this in a second. How can I find someone who'd do work like this where I live in Roswell, Georgia? (Very far east Marietta, really.)

Carlsbad0331 09-21-2012 12:09 PM

I would suggest just calling around. I have several engine rebuild companies right here in SoCal, so its easy to get the engine. I also have a good relationship with several mechanics shops (and a brother in law that is a great mechanic).
Just call around, keep calling. Ask around, ask for references. Cheap is NOT always the best deal, but Im sure you can find alot better deal than you were originally offered.
You should be able to find places in Marietta...
Check these guys, good reviews and they are in Marietta.
American Engine Installations
999 Marietta Industrial Dr NE
Marietta, GA. 30062
Phone: 404-289-9997
770-428-6440


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