Well, I commute to Homer everyday so I need all the gas savings I can get. Bad thing is I watched a metro sedan sit on a lot outside Minden for sale for a year for $2500. Now I feel like an idiot that it's gone. I let a co-worker convince me I'd "lose cool points" if I drove it. Now he's drving a 92 Sentra 5 speed.
That'll teach ya! Don't let anyone (even me!) talk you out of something (or someone, for that matter) it that's what you really want.
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I'm taking the plunge!!! I went and got it and drove it to my house. The engine is making one HELL of a knocking sound and smoking so I'm gonna trash it. I found a used engine in great shape in for $450 cash. Its got 85K miles on it. I'm dropping this one and will have as back up for parts.
Got a fellow mechanic here locally who will do a replace and swap for 400 dollars. While the new motor is out, I will replace the water pump, all major seals and gaskets, timing belt and tensioner, and the clutch.
I'm hoping labor all together doesn't run me but about $1000. I will myself replace the spark plugs, fuel filter, pcv valve, brakes, and flush the engine about 4 times with cheapo oil and then probably run Valvoline Maxlife and use only Napa Gold or Pureone filters. I like the ring and seal conditioners in it.
I will only have a serpentine belt big enough to run the AC and the alternator. Forget the power steering and any other luxury items. I'll take out anything not being used to free up weight and room.
When I washed to little booger, I couldn't believe my eyes. The body is near flawless. Only one golfball sized ding on the drivers door. Paint is ok. Interior needs some TLC and some Febreeze.
I have to admit, I'm fairly excited. I hope it all works out. Then I'll drive it till it breaks and fix it again. I'll be smiling when that Ford Excursion drives by me as I'm getting hopefully 35-40mpg in the 96 Metro 5spd.
Updated recent exciting news!
I called a company here in Baton Rouge that specializes in engine swaps. I called them on a whim.
The owner informed me he can get me basically a brand new 1.3L 4cyl from Japan. He said at most it would have 20K miles on it.
He would do the complete swap, any necessary repairs (seals, gaskets, water pump, timing belt and tensioner) and the clutch for approx $1850.
It would come with a 12 year, 12K mile warranty which includes labor.
How can I go wrong with that?
Wix filters for the new motor? Absolutely! I can get a 6 pack wholesale for dirt cheap.
5w-30 bog it down? Possibly. The ragged out motor that's in it now has been seeing 10w-40 for the last who knows years! The owners manual specifically calls for 5w-30. Some people just don't have a clue about engine maintenance!
Yes, I would consider lighter/thinner oil such as 0w-30 or even 0w-20, but I am a stickler for using what the manual calls for. Whatever the new engine from Japan calls for is most likely what I'll end up using.
Good deal man. Regarding the oil, I don't mean any 30 weight will bog it down. I'm referring to Maxlife, which is on the high end of the SAE 30 viscosity range. If the manual calls for 5W30, using 0W30 isn't going to do anything bad. It'll be a little less thick at startup, which is a good thing, and will decrease the time the oil takes to get up to temp. As for the Wix filters, hey, if you can get them cheap that's cool! Wish I could! I only by Supertechs. Great filters at a good price.
Thought I'd give an update. I was searching on google and stumbled across my nearly 2 year old post!!! FUNNY!!!
Long story short, I dropped a new motor, clutch, many other things in her in May of 2008 and she's still running strong. The 5spd manual tranny is probably due for a re-build, but other than that she's still kicking and getting me 40-41 mpg everyday, all day!!