Join Date: Mar 2012
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Today I learned more details about the option of having a mechanic that was recommended to me install a used engine from a recycling yard. the deals is like this. the mechanic orders the engine from the yard he usually works with, and he installs it. the engine is $1.5K and he charges $500 for the installation, with a warranty of 100 days, including his labor to replace the engine if needed. According to the salvage yard, the compression on the engine tested at 165 hp on all cylinders, however, there is no record of how many miles the engine has and the model it came from is a 2001 Outback, which he says will fit my 2002 outback. they deliver the engine with a new water pump, oil pump, and the timing belt.
Here's where it gets estrange for me, and where I need your help: when I asked the mechanic if he would replace the head gaskets,(just in case the one's in the engine are ready to go or may fail shortly after the warranty period), he said flatly that he would not do it, because doing so would void the warranty. Am I being unreasonable. I do not expect him to do it for the same price, and I explained this to him, he still said he would not recommend doing it and he said that it was better to leave the engine "untouch". to me this seems like he is just trying to do a good enough job so the engine last the warranty period and then if anything else happens, then it in not his problem. We decided to wait till Monday to ask the salvage yard if they are willing to do this, but I do not have high hopes that they will agree to do it either. Am I being unreasonable here? should I rely on the advice of this mechanic and just install the engine as is? PLEASE, I NEED YOUR OPINION....
I did check the links offered, the one in Colorado offers the rebuilt engine for $4K, with 3 yr warranty, and the Japanese low mileage engine from EngineUS is about $2K with with 1 yr warranty.
I need to decide by Monday, or my wife is going to kill me,
thanks again from all your help.