Originally Posted by StanzaDescendant
I'm gonna add one more tally to the HG failure. Sorry to hear. If you're tight on cash check car-part.com for a used engine. Some yards will install them for a fee and some offer a 30 day warranty to go with it.
This is what I did. I found a 2001 KA24DE about 70 miles from me. The engine was expensive....but it's dang near BRAND NEW. I don't mean kinda new, I mean, ridiculous new.
I paid $950 for it. No core charge or anything on top of the $950.
Yeah, that's a bunch. But the engine not only looks new (obviously no oil leaks, squeaky clean, etc.) but there was ZERO soot up in the exhaust manifold. It still had the OEM Nissan oil filter on it. I'm guessing the engine has just a few thousand miles on it. Honestly.
Zero varnish under the oil filler cap, exhaust manifold spotless, intake spotless, etc. I know I didn't get a killer deal, but around here, I was finding KA24DE's for about $700 with 100k+ miles on them. I gladly paid a few hundred more for a new motor.
Install is happening this weekend.
Thanks everyone for your feedback. Oh, and now I'll have a spare block in my garage for parts, etc. Wonder how much a salvage yard or scrap yard would give me for my engine with blown HG?
Here are a few dirty pics of I took of the engine at night when I got home last night: