The engine assembly is a full engine that has been removed from the vehicle with all the “sheet metal” still attached like the intake manifold and exhaust manifold. It is, in essence, a “pullout” but with accessories like the starter motor, alternator or other belt-driven items not included.
The cost of used engines can vary greatly, as there huge differences in engine size, power, and complexity. A 20 year old Camry 4 cylinder can be had for under $200. A 10 year old Bentley Continenal V12 will cost about $12,000.
|2002 Toyota Camry||$3,299.00||$900.00||$2,399|
|2004 Chevy Silverado||$4,243.00||$450.00||$3,793|
|2003 Lincoln LS||$5,300||$650.00||$4,650|
|2009 Hyundai Accent||$4850||$550.00||$4,300|
|2001 Chevy Corvette||$7,500||$1,850.00||$5,650|
|2011 Audi A4||$6,400||$2,100.00||$4,300|
Be sure to keep your accessories like your ac compressor, throttle body and wiring harness. Consider that one engine might be interchangeable with several different vehicles that have varying degrees of different options that are controlled by the manifolds. Read the ad carefully to see if it is a new, remanufactured, or used engine. Get a VIN check if possible and checkout the reputation of who you are buying from and what their return policy is. Consider freight costs as well. Buying a used engine certainly can save you some money but it’s still a costly venture. Be smart and check a few prices.
Change all fluids, belts and hoses, front and rear main seal, oil pan gasket and check the water pump while you are in there. Be sure there are no “extra” parts leftover at the end, Once it is started, check the timing, and follow proper break in procedures. A good habit is to use the manifolds from your existing engine if possible since varying options are controlled here and there are slight differences between makes and models although the engine itself will be an exact match as approved by the manufacturer.
Change your oil as needed (an oil test can help you determine when) and consider synthetic if you drive a lot or in severe conditions. It really does make a difference. Always change the oil filter at the same time. Change the air filter when needed. Don’t ignore the check engine light.