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What is your zip code? Would you be installing engine or paying someone to? thanks
I dont think its going to happen for under $1500. It is a 12 hour job to replace, most shops charge $80-$100 a hour which is $1000-$1500 for labor and the used engines in your area I see are around $1000. So realisitcally your looking at around $2000-$2500 to have a engine installed. I would honestly just save up a little more and buy one thats already working, this one could end up having new issues you find out about once the new engine is installed then it turns into a money pit. Your probably better off just buying one that works like it should right away. Sorry the answer isnt a little more optimistic, I just do not want you to have any regrets after buying. Let me know if you have questions or if there is anything else I can do to help. Thanks.