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My '05 Chrysler 200 turbo convertible needs a new motor. Is it possible to put a standard (non turbo) motor in place of the turbo? The body and interior are in good shape, is it worth it to replace the motor? The mechanic said it would be $1800+- to rebuild it or $3000 to replace the motor with a new turbo motor. That sounds like a bit much for a new motor. Is a rebuilt motor a better idea? Lots of questions I know, but I really like the car and would love to keep it for my son, if it is worth keeping...

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Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube A remanufactured engine is fine and it should carry with it a strong warranty. If the 3,000 engine carries with it all labor it is a good price. I would not change the engine design. Keep the turbo because the transmission etc was designed for that. I do not recommend a used engine out of a junk yard but it is an option and should cost less.

Gelina Aquilina, Service Advisor / Mechanic at 1st I would check www.kbb.com & see what the car is worth & go from there. A rebuild is just as good as a new motor as long as you have a good mechanic doing the work. A turbo is not necessary, it's a high performance option that adds boost. You could eliminate it to cut costs.

Helaine Kurot, Owner/Technician at 360 Automotive If everything else is in good shape, it is definitely worth it to replace the motor. If you buy a used vehicle to replace it, it may cost you just as much if not more in the long run. People generally don't get rid of a car that works. When buying a used vehicle, there is a chance you are buying someone else's headache. A new car will cost you several times what a replacement motor will. That price is not that bad for a new motor, it is actually pretty cheap if that is the parts and labor. Are you sure this is a new motor and not a used motor? A new motor will usually come with a good warranty behind it. Depending on where the used motor comes from, it may also have some kind of warranty (not always the case). Also note - there are differences between new, re-manufactured, and rebuilt. A re-manufactured motor involves replacing any critical parts with new ones and is built to manufacturer specs. With a rebuilt motor, they basically take a bunch of used parts, clean them up and put them together to form a functional unit. Verify exactly what is being used and what the warranty is on the motor before approving the work. If the vehicle came with a turbo, the replacement motor needs to be set up for the turbo. Depending on what state you live in, the car needs to be set up exactly to what epa sticker under the hood of the vehicle says it came with for emissions reasons. The vehicle's computer and wiring harness is also designed to work with that specific motor equipped with a turbo.

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