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1985bmw325e
03-06-2004, 05:19 PM
how much would a good mechanic charge for rebuilding the m20??

Giga Shadow
03-07-2004, 11:07 PM
600-900 ?

rwdrift
03-08-2004, 01:13 AM
really? I am thinking more along the lines of the $2-3k. I never heard of an engine rebuild THAT cheap. Let me know of your mechanics # because shipping my car to SoCal and rebuilding it there sounds cheaper than dropping it off at a mechanic here. =P

1985bmw325e
03-08-2004, 01:19 AM
damn, for 600-900 bucks for rebuilding my engine hook me up with ur mechanics #

Josh Q
03-08-2004, 01:22 AM
It would be 600-900 just for the parts (rings, seals, bearings, etc.). It's got to be at least 2-3k for a rebuild.
-Josh

bimmerjim®
03-08-2004, 09:37 AM
sounds like you guys are used to your mechanic bending you over without any lube. engine rebuild should not cost more then 1k wihtout parts. new barrings, rings etc shouldnt cost more than 300.00. now, If you were rebuilding with all new parts, ballancing, Blue printing, port matching and race preping the motor, etc.. i could see a cost of more than 2-3k.

modifiede30
05-02-2004, 10:58 AM
Rebuilding an engine at $600-900 is doable. However, if you're going to do it right, plan on spending at least $1500. I wouldn't want to send my engine to a mechanic who wasn't going to at least magnaflux the rods, crank and have the block checked for cracks, rehoned, and cleaned. Basic machine work on the engine and internals alone will run close to $750 if not more (mine was $850 for everything). Add an additional $300 or so for parts, and you're already at $1050. If you have everything balanced, there's another $265, at least that's what mine came to. I did the rebuild myself, but without labor, you're already talking $1300 in machine work, balancing, and parts.

If you're going to rebuild an engine, do it right. Throwing in new parts alone is a gamble if anything is cracked or warped. If you don't balance, you'll stress the internals and sacrifice longevity. I'm sure you'll be able to find someone to rebuild it for $600-$900, and that's probably not a bad deal if you only want to put 100k on it after the rebuild, or you won't be tracking/autox the car. If you're going to drive it hard, do it right so it doesn't blow on you prematurely.