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Old 04 Aug 2013, 01:58 pm
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Hi I'm a first time poster so if this is the wrong place to be posting this please let me know so I can fix it.

Recently my dad bought an '05 convertible cruiser from his friend who was moving out of state. He said the car was in good condition other than the fact that it had a blown head gasket. The car has 250,000 miles on it.

The question we need answered is would it be better for a car with that many miles to just do an engine replacement on it or just deal with the head gasket on the engine that already in it?

Any answers or opinions are appreciated.

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Old 04 Aug 2013, 02:54 pm
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well... that milage is high but pt cruiser engines that are maintained well can go for higher mileage than that but it really depends on if it been well maintained or abused :/
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Old 04 Aug 2013, 06:26 pm
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Default Re: Cruiser engine replacement question?

A head gasket is ~$35 retail.

An engine is radically expensive, and there's no guarantee it's any good unless you buy a brand new (not reman) from Chrysler.

250,000 miles isn't that much. You could destroy, and people do, and engine in 35,000 miles.
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Old 04 Aug 2013, 06:38 pm
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Depends If you want to drive for a while and want to go on a trip from time. try to find a good used engine with as good mileage as you can find for the bucks.
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Old 04 Aug 2013, 08:56 pm
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My local junkyard always has a really good one- The old lady who lived on the island and worked at the lighthouse owned them!
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Old 04 Aug 2013, 09:46 pm
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My local junkyard always has a really good one- The old lady who lived on the island and worked at the lighthouse owned them!
Best thing is the mileage and if its wrecked it wasn't broke down. If you can see the car before the pull the engine. You can't go wrong by checking around about that salvage yard, far as reputation with local shops.
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Old 04 Aug 2013, 11:12 pm
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You could also do like a buddy of mine did....He bought a used 427cid motor out of a Corvette,took it into a reputable engine shop had it rebuilt to his specs(bored over w/oversize pistons & rings/ported & polished),added 4-barrel Holley carb,pulled the stock 350cid out of his '69 Camaro,and dropped in the 427cid......And in the end;He still came out cheaper than if he'd bought a crate engine.(If it would have had wings,that Camaro would almost have flown after that!).....Just giving you some options;Find a low mile motor like the other guys said already,and then you can find someone (shop around for quotes!) to go over it before it gets dropped in your PT.(I might do the same thing,if it were me.)(BTW,he also bought the tranny & rear end from said Corvette;So,it was a Corvette in Camaro clothing!)
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Old 05 Aug 2013, 08:55 am
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Welcome aboard my dealer wants $1300 to do a Timing belt,(i was curious so I asked) that seems to be the going rate out here. I'd check here for an engine:

The Most Affordable Used Engines | Southwest Engines

No affiliation just looks like a solid company!

Head gasket isn't terminal but if your not doing the work and the cost is gonna be over a grand a motor with less miles would be a valid option.
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Old 05 Aug 2013, 10:44 am
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I'd go more with Randy-

My time spent in a machine shop wasn't doing custom racing stuff, it was fixing remans.

My opinion is they're junk.

If there's something wrong with the engine; fix it. There's no need for perfection on most items, but if you insist, the economy could use the money!!!
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Old 07 Aug 2013, 03:35 am
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Default Re: Cruiser engine replacement question?

Hey guys thanks for all the input. It looks like my dad already decided to get an engine from a local shop and was wondering if anyone with some Cruiser experience would be willing to help us work through the install in a couple of weeks. We live in Vacaville, CA and if anyone has any prior experience with working on them that would maybe be willing to talk through some stuff with us that'd be great.
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