A friend lost the engine in his 2000 Caddy about 3 weeks age. A rod
broke. 140,000 miles. They were on the Indiana Tollroad when it
happened. Speed Limit was 70.
Quote was $9000 for a new engine / installation.
The shop is looking for a used one. First engine they found had almost
as many miles as the one that blew.
2005 Park Avenue 61,289
1991 Bonneville 309,899
HF, I've read enough of your posts to know you're too nice a guy to
flaunt your 300k B'ville at him. But even you thought about it for just a
I retired ~10 years ago, and back then no indep. mechanics would work on
the alum. Caddy engines, regardless of miles. Our solution was an
all-or-none--we out-sourced our cars to a local machine shop who kept
rebuilt Caddy engines in stock and they were $2800, installed, plus
exchange. (Bet they had $500 worth of helicoils!) Often they rebuilt your
eng. if they had none in stock. At the same time, the local salvage yards
had a growing inventory of 3800's "backing up" on them. sam
Northstars are not exactly building a reputation as a high mileage
bulletproof motor. Big oil leaks seem to be more common than thrown
rods. Even so, your friend's story isn't uncommon.
Ditch the thing and get something which will go the distance. Hint,
that wouldn't be a Northstar equipped car. I wouldn't spend the money
to put a used high mileage Northstar in there and a good low mileage one
is going to be expensive. There is an unfortunately high demand for the
few good low mileage used Northstars!
If he must buy a GM vehicle, a 3800 equipped one is the only thing I
My friend got his car back last week. The shop installed a used Northtar
from a wrecked Caddy with 43,000 miles on it.
The bill was around $2899.00
2005 Park Avenue 61,495
1991 Bonneville 310,029
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