GOT 176K ON ENGINE, WHAT'S MY OPTIONS?

Discussion in '96-04 - 2V Specific' started by sho89mtx, Aug 6, 2015.

  1. sho89mtx

    sho89mtx New Member

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    My car runs pretty good after putting in a new air filter, new plugs and coils, but an american high hp v8 having 176k on it is a ticking timebomb to me, it's eventually gonna fail and don't see many gt's with 200k runnining. So what are my options?
    Should i
    1) look for a used engine replacement like my own with lower miles?
    2)find a used cobra engine to swap with with lower miles
    3)look for a rebuilt engine
    4)look into how much it would cost to rebuild my engine?

    Help me out guys please

    thanks,
    scott
     
  2. Witzy0070

    Witzy0070 Active Member

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    Save up, drive it until it blows. This is kind of an impossible typical forum question.
     
  3. sho89mtx

    sho89mtx New Member

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    HEY, you have a cobra, the motor all us GT's drool over, so hush =)

    how much would I spend to get it rebuilt and once an engine is rebuilt how long does it take and how long will they last after the rebuild? I want to add a supercharger eventually, but not gonna add that to my 176k engine
     
  4. Dub Jones

    Dub Jones New Member

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    Drive it till it blows then consider options at which point I'd suggest you buy an engine from a wrecker with lower miles for a few hundred dollars.
     
  5. lwarrior1016

    lwarrior1016 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    176k on a stock engine is no miles at all. Keep on driving it man. My wife has a 99 f250 with the 5.4 and she has 294K miles on it and drives it every day. It doesn't burn oil or anything. I rebuilt the engine out of my grandfather-in-law's truck the had around 260k and it still had good crosshatching on the cylinder walls. The only reason I pulled it was because of a leaking head gasket
     
  6. white95

    white95 Apex Junky Admin

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    The 4.6 2V was the universal fleet Ford engine for quite some time. My coworker has a Grand marquis with 298k and it runs very strong. Think of the countless Crown Vic taxis, P71's, etc. With proper maintenance, they'll out live the vehicles they're in.
     
  7. 96blak54

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    I vote, supercharged!
     
  8. Ferocious

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    Like everyone said, 176k is nowhere close to a ticking timebomb. When it does decide to go, just pick up another from a junkyard and beef it up before you throw it in. Also, I would refrain from calling it an "american high hp v8". They don't even make 200 to the wheel.
     
  9. 96blak54

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    One could claim high torque for its cu.in.
     
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    Keep running it and fix it as she goes... I rode in a crown vic taxi with the 4.6 that had 390k miles lol. These motors seem to go for a while. My last work truck with the 5.4 had 250k+ and is still part of our fleet, everything else on the truck has broken or been replaced, but the motor runs like a top
     
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    I've got about the same on my motor which I'm (still) in the process of putting back together. I'm just going to run it until it either dies, or I happen across a much lower mileage 4.6 (2v or 4v, not sure yet really), then swap it out. Our cars are almost identical, silver GT convertible, just a different year (2000).
     
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    If you really want a 4V just run a large shot of nitrous on your current car. Will be fast, blow up, then you can spray your next engine.
     
  13. sho89mtx

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    u got a website with pics of your car, I'd like to see it
     
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    hmm, I dont' know if your trying to be funny with your responses are just being a silly goose? I dont' like nitrous, much rather supercharge or turbocharge the car and don't tink blowing up an engine intentionally to buy another engine is a smart idea unless your rich and have tons of money to blow like maybe u are
     
  15. lwarrior1016

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    [MENTION=12195]Witzy0070[/MENTION] Is just crazy, don't mind him lol
     
  16. sho89mtx

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    :thumbsup:
     
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    this might be a stupid question, but if I eventually get another motor, whether it be the same gt engine, a cobra engine etc, will my factory traction control system still work with any engine I chose?
     
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    Unfortunately yes, traction control is within the computer. Any tuner can turn this off indefinitely.
     
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    I hate traction control lol.
     
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    evilcw311 Most Evil Mod! Staff Member Staff

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    Buddy of mine has an 99 f150 with 490k on it. All original. Just maintained very well.

    Body is fallig apart but that's another story!!!! Lol


    My 5.0 had over 200k of hard driven miles and the bottom end still looked like new when I tore it down.




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