Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

How to Buy a Good Quality Engine

Good Quality Engine

Replacing an engine sounds like an incredibly expensive thing to do, but when you compare the cost of repowering or replacing an engine to the cost of purchasing a new vehicle, the replacement cost becomes much more palatable, quickly. This is a sizeable repair that will take time and may be more than the vehicle is technically worth.

Considering repairing an engine is a big undertaking, there are few cheap adjustments that can be made to this critical part of your vehicle’s operating system. The economic equation for vehicles outside of 12 years old doesn’t make sense when it comes to replacing the engine – unless the vehicle is a classic or has special value, it should probably be traded.

To make sure you’re getting a good quality engine and that its worth the invest keep a few things in mind:

  • Motor mounts: Check motor mounts to ensure they are still adequate for installation to support the engine and are in good overall shape. There's no point in installing a new engine if you are just going to let it fail with faulty motor mounts.

  • Engine quality: There are a wide range of engine qualities, and there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to engine replacement. While you may want to replace your engine with exactly the same engine that was previously in your vehicle, you can always make a different choice: a hotter camshaft, oversized pistons, a performance intake manifold, or other upgrades.

  • Budget: Look for a “crate” engine instead of a custom-built engine. Crate engines are a ready-to-run option that generally cost up to 20% less than a custom engine built for your vehicle.

  • Upgrading: If you want a little upgrade, go for a stage 1 upgrade, which generally includes more compression, bigger valves, a hotter cam and could add around 70 hp to the stock engine. Keep in mind that any upgrades you make to the engine will require subsequent upgrades, or at least a solid review, of other parts such as the transmission, clutch, or radiator.

Upgrading or replacing your engine can be a good investment in either a newer vehicle that you still owe a number of payments on, or when you have a classic car.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
Auto Safety Tips
Driving is more than a way to get from point A to point B. Owning and driving a car can also be a highly enjoyable experience. Whether a person is driving...
P0359 OBD-II Trouble Code: Ignition Coil I Primary/Secondary Circuit Malfunction
P0359 code definition The P0359 code indicates that a fault has been detected in one of the vehicle’s ignition coils, generally the number 9 coil. This code can also be associated...


Related questions

Q: What is making my engine knock?

The noise you are hearing is from the lack of lubrication of components inside your engine during initial start-up. The noise goes away as soon as oil gets to the components, however, every time the noise is heard there is...

Q: The dealer says I need to replace my drive belt I had it replaced at 79000 miles and I am now at 124000 miles. I don't see any cra

Drive belts are recommended to be changed between 40,000 and 70,000 miles. This is completely dependent on how the car is driven, and the conditions of the belt. Dirt, grime, harsh heat, bitter cold, high moisture, and other environmental conditions...

Q: Stalling way too much when driving

The engine stalling can be one of the most terrifying things a car can do. We are used to it accelerating when prompted, but when it fails to follow directions, your heart rate can double instantly. The intermittent nature of...