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Old 08-22-2013, 04:01 PM   #15
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Good luck Rick. At least I'm having a little bit of fun looking for a replacement. Really leaning toward a 2012 Mustang convertible. They're pretty nice and I like the RWD setup for ease of maintenance.

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I feel your pain.

Last weekend my 2007 Ford Explorer blew out the plastic thermostat housing they use... dumped all the coolant... and by the time we got off the freeway the engine was running rough and finally.... quit.

I'm in the same position. Looking for a new car and trying to figure out if I should donate, sell as is, or look for someone to install a new/used motor so I can get a decent trade in.

Best of luck.

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Probably the best thing you can do is what you plan. That said, it is not impossible to find a salvage engine for a lot less and then pay some guy a few hundred to swap them out. Still will have couple of grand in the deal. Our shop guy at the dealership is doing that with a 3 series BMW that died. He had inside connections and bought a used engine for less than 500 and paid a shop mechanic two hundred to change the engine out. This guy has all the connections that you might not have. Good luck with whatever you do
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Probably the best thing you can do is what you plan. That said, it is not impossible to find a salvage engine for a lot less and then pay some guy a few hundred to swap them out. Still will have couple of grand in the deal. Our shop guy at the dealership is doing that with a 3 series BMW that died. He had inside connections and bought a used engine for less than 500 and paid a shop mechanic two hundred to change the engine out. This guy has all the connections that you might not have. Good luck with whatever you do
Thats a good idea Doc!
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Well, it looks like everything works out in the end. I have an offer on the table for $1500 cash from a dealer in the state who wants the car and can get a used engine to install, then he will sell the car on his lot. This makes me happy because this is a really nice car with a bad engine.

And....I rolled in a 2012 Mustang ragtop as a replacement. I'm happy, happy, happy.
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Well, it looks like everything works out in the end. I have an offer on the table for $1500 cash from a dealer in the state who wants the car and can get a used engine to install, then he will sell the car on his lot. This makes me happy because this is a really nice car with a bad engine.

And....I rolled in a 2012 Mustang ragtop as a replacement. I'm happy, happy, happy.
Excellent! Great price for the Sebring, worked out well!!
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That sounds like about the best you could have reasonably hoped for. Congratulations!!

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Well, it looks like everything works out in the end. I have an offer on the table for $1500 cash from a dealer in the state who wants the car and can get a used engine to install, then he will sell the car on his lot. This makes me happy because this is a really nice car with a bad engine.

And....I rolled in a 2012 Mustang ragtop as a replacement. I'm happy, happy, happy.
Nice car but whose the mug driving it? I'm glad everything worked out for ya and you get a pony car in the process.
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Nice "stang, but, I would rather have a white one or a red one.....

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Funny you say that Ken. White was my #1 choice because both my Sebring and Jeep are white. Red was a close second. When I started looking around, black wasn't even on my radar (in particular because it's so hard to keep clean). But I ran across this one, triple black, two tone black leather interior and all the Ford goodies. The other cars I looked at didn't even add up to this one.

Heck, I've already got one really BIG vehicle that's hard to keep clean, what's one more?

I think it looks....menacing

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Nice "stang, but, I would rather have a white one or a red one.....

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Nice "stang, but, I would rather have a white one or a red one.....

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He's right, I think you should give me this one and get a red or white one!
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