- Jan 8, 2010
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- Where rusted out cars don't exist
Main coolant hose failed on the highway and before I could find a place to stop, the engine overheated badly.
Mechanic thought there was a good chance the head had warped/cracked after the gasket failed. I could either pay to have the head machined or just replace the entire engine with a used unit. I wanted to get several more years out of the car, so I paid ~$3,000 to have the engine swapped out.
The car has run well since then, and I still have the original transmission. The latter does shift harshly on occasion, but otherwise works fine as long as it has Honda ATF. I think I'll make 500,000 miles on the old girl!
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Do you know if the replacement engine had a new timing belt installed before it was dropped in / as it was getting dropped in? That's a big job to do, and far more difficult one to do in the engine bay.