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Old 13 Dec 2005, 10:10 am   #1 (permalink)
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All,

I was listening to Car Talk ... 10-Dec-2005
http://www.cartalk.com/index.html

I learned that you can get an engine from Japan for about $500 plus
$100 for shipping, probably another $500 to install and make it work.

I have a 1992 Camry SE with 250,000 miles. I need some engine work.
There is a mechanic in town, Columbus, Ohio that does Toyota "engine
refreshes" for about $1,200.

>From what I've heard, when a car has 30K to 60K miles the Japanese

government requires the driver go get a new engine. What the heck, why
not get an almost new engine from Japan for $1,200? Heck, 30,000
miles is just about broken in!

What do you think?
Bob

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Old 13 Dec 2005, 02:43 pm   #2 (permalink)
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I've heard that same thing for years, but have never come across any sort
of proof. Can anyone here actually verify this cheap japanese engine
story?

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Old 13 Dec 2005, 02:55 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Would they meet U.S. emissions, I ask stupidly....?

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Old 13 Dec 2005, 06:35 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Several places on the west cost carry them -- your estimate is about 1/2
their costs though. The engines may be a slightly different model too -
especially when it comes to the add on pieces.

http://www.toysport.com/webpages/Web...ARCH202002.htm

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> All,
>
> I was listening to Car Talk ... 10-Dec-2005
> http://www.cartalk.com/index.html
>
> I learned that you can get an engine from Japan for about $500 plus
> $100 for shipping, probably another $500 to install and make it work.
>
> I have a 1992 Camry SE with 250,000 miles. I need some engine work.
> There is a mechanic in town, Columbus, Ohio that does Toyota "engine
> refreshes" for about $1,200.
>
>>From what I've heard, when a car has 30K to 60K miles the Japanese

> government requires the driver go get a new engine. What the heck, why
> not get an almost new engine from Japan for $1,200? Heck, 30,000
> miles is just about broken in!
>
> What do you think?
> Bob
>



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Old 13 Dec 2005, 09:20 pm   #5 (permalink)
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On Tue, 13 Dec 2005 08:10:59 -0800, bobby.hawk wrote:

> All,
>
> I was listening to Car Talk ... 10-Dec-2005
> http://www.cartalk.com/index.html
>
> I learned that you can get an engine from Japan for about $500 plus
> $100 for shipping, probably another $500 to install and make it work.
>


Depending on the engine.

> I have a 1992 Camry SE with 250,000 miles. I need some engine work.
> There is a mechanic in town, Columbus, Ohio that does Toyota "engine
> refreshes" for about $1,200.
>
>>From what I've heard, when a car has 30K to 60K miles the Japanese

> government requires the driver go get a new engine. What the heck, why
> not get an almost new engine from Japan for $1,200? Heck, 30,000
> miles is just about broken in!


This is a myth. The government does NOT require you to replace an engine
at 30K. If they did, why would Japanese Mfg's make engines that can go
100's of thousands of miles?

These are junkyard engines or 'clips' ( a car that was in an accident and
they clip the front end off), but the draw is a JDM (Japan Domestic
Market) engine. They are usually higher HP than those brought to the US,
since they think we want fuel economy. And they can be had for cheaper
than the US version.

Another source was K. Watanabe in Calif. He was importing Jap engines long
before it became a fad; I don't know if he's still in business. That was a
while ago.

>
> What do you think?
> Bob


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Old 14 Dec 2005, 07:04 am   #6 (permalink)
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>>This is a myth. The government does NOT require you to replace an engine
at 30K. If they did, why would Japanese Mfg's make engines that can go
100's of thousands of miles? <<

I had that same thought but I figured the government could still make
them do it... unplug / plug in a reconditioned one.

>> but the draw is a JDM (Japan Domestic Market) engine. They are usually higher HP than those brought to the US,

since they think we want fuel economy. And they can be had for cheaper
than the US version. <<

Has anyone tried a JDM, is it work the effort?

Bob

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Old 14 Dec 2005, 08:34 am   #7 (permalink)
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WOW

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Old 14 Dec 2005, 09:31 am   #8 (permalink)
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The japanese gov also mandate a new wife in 3000 hrs, yea sure 30000 and
a new motor, bs. Its the wife that wears out

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Old 14 Dec 2005, 06:44 pm   #9 (permalink)
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On Wed, 14 Dec 2005 06:34:44 -0800, bobby.hawk wrote:

> Pricing and Availability:
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> The Price Is: $4574.00
> Core Deposit For This Unit Is: $500.00
> Skid Deposit For This Unit Is: $15.00
> Sold On An Exchange Basis w/Jasper Receiving Old Unit As A Core.


Only $4574!!!! What a bargain!!

I couldn't find it. You used to be able to get prices on remanufactired
short blocks right from Toyota. Last time I checked my '85 Corolla 4A-GE,
from Toyota it was $1450. Of course, from Jasper you get a complete,
running, fully tested engine from what is probably the best rebuilder in
the world. With a Short-block you have to add all the peripherals and get
them to work. But I think I can do all that for $3,000!!!

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Old 15 Dec 2005, 09:14 pm   #10 (permalink)
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Back in the mid 80s I had an older Toyota Corolla that had an engine go
sour on me. There was a place that sold these Japanese engines, so I
bought one. At the time, I recall they were like $250 or something.
No core. Just show up with a truck and money.

I put it in myself and it ran like a charm. It'll meet emissions
EASILY because they are a helluva lot more concerned with emissions
there than we are. I just connected everything that came off the old
engine... Gave it a good fogging, and fired it up.

Not sure everyone has happy stories like I do... but I'd bet that beast
is still rolling down the highway (prolly still pulling to the right)
hehe.

Joseph

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