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Old 11-01-2012, 10:22 PM
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I'm getting ready to buy a factory refurbished engine from a local parts store (Advance Auto) for my 1999 2500 with 200K+ miles. I need to know folks' opinions on this decision, experience buying an engine this way, and suggestions whether there are better places to buy it.

The biggest reason for this decision is because, while this is my every day vehicle, I don't drive much, except when hauling a 2 Horse trailer to competitions and events ... I had a new transmission installed a couple of years ago.

The truck has been using a ton of oil. I can't see it leaking. I do see white smoke. My mechanic tried to explain to me re: white smoke/water/oil but I didn't get it :/ I had a fluorescent (?) test done. Oil was leaking at harmonic balancer (not yet fixed), rear seal (ditto), and rusted oil pan (replaced.)

I have a very good mechanic who takes care of everything on my farm, and could do this job - he has been working full time as a mechanic in a repair garage his whole life, and has done them. I'm kind of nuts about this truck , and have been very proactive to address any problems as they arise. There is quite a bit of rusting of the rocker panels and lower doors, but my mechanic can fix that as well. The frame is fine.

Sooooo ... this engine is $2200. It is the heavier duty of the two they carry. I picked up diagrams and descriptions today, from all sides, and my mechanic says it looks good, and shouldn't cost too much to install - should take a day.

I can't afford a new used truck, and I know everything that has been done on this one, to date.

OK, this is all a little scary, but I've never been accused of backing down from a challenge, lol. Still, while I have horses for transportation if necessary, tying up my truck for a day always wigs me out, much less longer, if that happens. What do you think? Thanks for your thoughts, in advance. ~Laurie
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:57 PM
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Personally, i rather not buy a engine through an chain auto parts store

my neighbor got one from Kragen, now called O'rileys
he had a chevy van 2500 model
the store received in within days & called him to come get it
while we tried to install it, we noticed that it was not the correct engine, it was out of a Pontiac, starter was even on opposite side, we spent more time chasing hard to find parts that would work,.....
He asked them to get the correct engine & they blew him off

Advanced Auto only sells Spartan Remanufactured Dodge Engines

By the way, every engine comes with steel freeze plugs
before you set any engine in, put brass freeze plugs in

i would check to see if there is a local engine rebuilder fairly close to you
look in your phone book, let your fingers do the walking

also, before you turn your engine in for the CORE, completely strip it, every nut, bolt, sensor, oil pan, timing cover, etc.
you are going to need all of them
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If you're using your original intake, get the plenum gasket replaced while it's off. It causes oil consumption and various engine issues when it goes bad. Have you had it checked? It could be your whole problem. Yes, it can be that bad.
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Check out Jasper. They come with a decent warranty also.
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OK - will talk to mechanic bout all of the above. Got quote from Dodge dealer today:$3,000. 3 years, 100K warr. The one in first post is 3 yrs, 75K. Thx again, and feel free to post if any more thoughts. Thx.
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Holy sausages, I live right on the edge of planet earth, and theres an engine rebuilder guy just down the road, your eng sounds rebuildable, go to a machinist and find out who does engines around there, they'll probably even have a swap ready to go, thats an awful lot of cash for the problems you've described. see who rebuilds heads around there through your NAPA parts store, or Autovalue or whatever, and call them. they know who builds engines locally.
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You can get a reman long block from Mopar, they offer a 5yr/100k mile warranty on their engines.
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