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1989 3.0L - Rebuild or re-engine? #1077807 04/22/15 05:22 AM
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johneric Offline OP
Getting the Wheeling Fever
I did my diligence and searched back two years, but didn't see quite the discussion I was hoping to find. Forgive a newb if I missed the motherload.

Picked up a junked 1989 3.0L SWB last week - my intent is a full restore. One owner up until an accident last summer - rear-ended, so huge thanks to Russell (rxinhed here) for meeting me on the road with a perfect color match back door and a bumper, which completely erases the damage that totaled it. Drove to Long Beach from San Jose, CA - went over the Grapevine and Sepulveda passes in 5th, no sweat, and got 20 mpg for the trip. 263K miles, and I haven't had it into the mechanic yet to see what's what.

When I got home, I asked my incredibly talented VW guy where to take the Monty; as an aside he mentioned dropping in a lower mileage motor. Gave me a phone number, and they have a motor with 30-50K-miles for $750. A rebuild on the motor I have looks to be about $1.2-$3K, depending. Rebuilt motors appear to run about $2K.

So, my opinionated and experienced enthusiasts, do I go for the new(er) motor, rebuild what I've got, or buy a rebuilt motor? What would be the differentiators in your mind that would sway you one way or another? As I mentioned, I'm not trying to just get by - I'm keeping this one for a good long while. I've had a 1995 SR since 1996.

Thanks for the advice -

John in LB

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Re: 1989 3.0L - Rebuild or re-engine? [Re: johneric] #1077808 04/22/15 05:57 AM
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Struc Offline
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I'd say buy a rebuilt motor, and keep it standing buy for when the current stocker blows. It may be a while yet, but you never know. smile

Curt Shambeau
87 Mitsubishi Montero SWB (Turbo G64b wideblock conversion soon)
Re: 1989 3.0L - Rebuild or re-engine? [Re: Struc] #1077809 04/22/15 01:45 PM
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Lloyd Swartz Offline
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Low mileage motor for that price, take it and run! Rebuilds are flaky in general, and shops struggle to get Mits motors right.

Re: 1989 3.0L - Rebuild or re-engine? [Re: johneric] #1077810 04/22/15 05:03 PM
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Bernoulli Offline
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Rebuilt or Re-manufactured? Big difference. If you're getting 20mpg and it's not smoking, don't change. Pick up the $750 motor as a spare.

89 3L V6 5spd SWB, Aisin Manual Hubs, 2 (suspension) seater Raider in Wheeler, OR
Re: 1989 3.0L - Rebuild or re-engine? [Re: Bernoulli] #1077811 04/24/15 12:12 AM
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Rebuilt or Re-manufactured? Big difference. If you're getting 20mpg and it's not smoking, don't change. Pick up the $750 motor as a spare.

This is excellent advice!

89 SWB, V-6 5SPD, OME Shocks, 16.5X37's, 2"BL, SR axle, Gen2 brakes, Lincoln w/Superwinch

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