My wife and I need a reliable car. We could purchase an inexpensive used car outright, or we could take my in-laws’ Dodge Intrepid and put a rebuilt engine in it. It’s like a 2002 Dodge Intrepid. As far as I know, the transmission is good. But the engine ran out of oil, and it needs to be replaced.

So should we opt with putting a rebuilt engine in the Intrepid, or should we just purchase our own used car? Which would be the wiser decision? We need a reliable car that is in good mechanical shape.


5 Responses to “Should we buy a used car of our own, or put a rebuilt motor in this Dodge Intrepid?”

  1. webjnke1 on July 25th, 2011 7:31 pm

    I’ve seen too many people get cars that aren’t running. Then try to fix them up and find out there is more wrong than they thought.

  2. alfredb1979 on July 28th, 2011 10:03 am

    That Intrepid probably has that 2.7L that is prone to sludging, right?

    Unless you plan on swapping in a 3.2 or 3.5L v6–not a huge deal, but still work–I’d find something better UNLESS you plan on being seriously meticulous about the 2.7L maintenance.

    Do what you must, since you have an idea how the rest of the car looks.

  3. BucketTruckBabe on July 30th, 2011 1:18 am

    I’d be inclined to check the service record on the Intrepid. It’s unfortunate that the engine was allowed to run dry but you do want to know about the rest of the mechanical history. Sometimes putting in an engine will work (making sure it’s a good rebuilt) However, I’d lean towards getting a different car. For what an engine would cost, you could find a reliable used vehicle. You also might want to consider the consequences of what might happen should you get the car from your in-laws and it doesn’t work out well. But, that’s just me. :)

  4. Van Bo on July 31st, 2011 1:09 am

    Yes, the 2.7 was made to break from when it left the factory. I would touch an Intrepid, though 3.5 engines survived, but not A/C, rads cooling system and brakes. Try an Impala, please – God wants you to have an Impala, that’s why you ask the questions here, and occasionally get an answer from a Christian.

  5. Foster DAD on August 3rd, 2011 2:58 am

    Your best answer can not come from here. Find a RELIABLE mechanic to check both out for you.Rebuilt engines are only as good as the mechanic who did it & parts & How well the head & block was ground if needed. I worked on our Co.truck & watched the grinder operator not paying attention & ruined our motor beyond repair.He did a lousy job & Co stuck with $ for job & a new good used motor.

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