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Old 02-07-2021, 11:49 PM   #1
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Default (ADVICE - PLEASE HELP) Sell or Motorswap - My 2005 OBXT Stage 3 baby needs new engine

Hey guys,

My 2005 Auto Tranny OBXT thats been tuned up to stage 3 and the build done in 2009 from everything I learned on the forums here.. finally is needing a new engine Im at 200,000 miles with her and on the fence if I should do the motor swap or get a new car.

She has been meticulously cared for but finally having internal oil and coolant leak and we've deduced its either ringland failure, head gaskets, or etc. But motor is the culprit.

MY mechanic said he can do it for $2000 for the whole labor part of the job. But I must find the motor and auto-tranny also.

IS there anywhere specific I should look if Im in NYC area ?

I was told to be looking for this motor type - EJ255 with d25 heads. Is that correct exactly? Thanks for help

She's at 200,000 miles with lots of new parts and I did the tune with injectors, fuel pump, intercooler, turbo, catback, suspension, shocks, brakes, crazy sound system and audio/security/lighting project and new tires and etc. 200,000 miles and running good just burning oil/coolant and smoke out the tailpipes at idle.

What would I charge for selling her at this point in this shape? Just curious... if I dont drop $4-$5k into her again for a new motor and sell instead As-Is in current state.

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Old 02-07-2021, 11:59 PM   #2
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Prepare to bleed cash, that old and that many miles, and autotragic, there is an infinite list of, "while I'm here" to fix.

Used engines are a complete unknown until installed and running. Then the fun game of what's this leak/noise. Compound the $2000 proposed plus additional parts and labor, you'll never recoup what you would sell it for "fixed".

Only way you'll end up reasonably even or ahead is start parting it out.
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Old 02-08-2021, 12:19 AM   #3
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Yes I just put about $2500 into it for various things to get body work, tires and catback done. Then.. motor started to have issues
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Old 02-08-2021, 12:27 PM   #4
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Old 02-09-2021, 12:00 AM   #5
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Listen to him, he swapped a 2L motor into his, forget finding a good reliable ej255. Ej20x ej20y are your friends.
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