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Old 10-12-2008, 07:35 PM   #1
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i have 2 questions,

1. i have a 2 door 4wd 1995 chevy tahoe with 174,000 miles on it, how many miles do you think i can get out of it?

2. when i get a new engine, i want it to be the same engine in it now so how much would it cost me. or would you reccommend a rebuild?
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Old 10-13-2008, 01:04 AM   #2
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if its been taken care of and maintained atleast 200K.
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:16 PM   #3
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i have 2 questions,

1. i have a 2 door 4wd 1995 chevy tahoe with 174,000 miles on it, how many miles do you think i can get out of it?

2. when i get a new engine, i want it to be the same engine in it now so how much would it cost me. or would you reccommend a rebuild?
I would like to know the same....how much have people been paying to have a rebuilt long block installed. I have 150k and I am still running strong, but I still want to know.
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Old 10-18-2008, 01:16 AM   #4
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Two answers for you, I only have 106,000 on my 95' Tahoe so its a long way from a rebuild but I have a 95' 3/4 ton pickup that has 202,000 and its still running decent but burning oil in the rear passenger side cylinder. That should give you an idea of how long your motor will last if it hasn't been abused up to this point.

The mechanic shop that does all the work I can't handle gave me a rough quote of $4500 for a 3yr, 3600 mile GM motor installed. I've been dealing with this same guy for over 20 years now, so I know he shoots straight. He said if he does it, its going to be done right. Everything that could potentially harm the new motor will be changed..... radiator, water pump, hoses, ect. All the extras are included in the $4500.

The pickup is in great shape mechanically other than the motor, so I'll do the rebuild when the time comes. Besides, the old granny gear 5 speed standard shift transmission is fun to drive. It can pull a decent load and you can catch a little rubber in second if you feel like playing around.
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Old 10-18-2008, 11:08 AM   #5
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A rebuild would be cheaper than buying a new motor. A new motor is nice because it is all new from the factory and has a warranty, but you will be paying $3000+ for a fully assembled Vortec engine to drop in your truck.
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Old 10-19-2008, 01:43 AM   #6
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A rebuild would be cheaper as GS said. If you go that route just make sure that you use a shop you can trust.

I've reached a point in my life where I'll take a 3year, 36,000 mile warranty over a rebuild strictly for the fact that dependability is more important than anything else.

I don't have any good rebuild shops close by and I'm not going to run an engine in my truck that some part-timer rebuilt in his garage. Been there, done that, ain't doin it again. To me it just isn't worth the possible headache but everyone has different priorities.

In case you didn't know, you can get "hotter than stock" motors from GM, if you want a little more power.
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:10 PM   #7
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I just replaced the engine in my 1999 K2500 Suburban. Went with a new stock replacement from GM - L29GW 454 ci. This crate engine came with a 3year/100,000 mile factory warranty. I had the local dealer do the work. The long block cost me $5,140, and I received a $300 credit for the old core. It did not come with a water pump but surprisingly did have new valve covers and oil pan installed. As long as I was putting in a new engine, I had the dealer install a new water pump, thermostat, distributor, fuel injectors, spark plugs and wires, oil pressure sensor, and flywheel. Also, while they had it on the rack I had a new lifetime fuel pump/sending unit installed in the gas tank. With all that and all the gaskets, O-rings, oil & filter, coolant, and labor, total cost was a tad over $11,000.
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^ F that. That is a lot of money in my opinion. Sure, you are paying for a lot of peace-of-mind: warranty, professionally installed and assembled parts, etc. I'm telling you, for less than half that price, you could find a junkyard 454 and rebuild it so long as you can find a shop close by that can do machine work for you (assuming you can't do it yourself). There is a junkyard about a 40 minute drive from me that will sell you ANY engine as long as you pull it yourself for $125. ANY engine. If you find an old wrecked Chevy pickup back there with a 454 in it, and you yank it; $125. Ebay has tons of short blocks and assembled blocks from wrecked cars for sale for cheap.

$11,000, could have bought two road-side Tahoes for that price =P
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