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Have a 1994 Chevy 3/4 ton truck needs new engine would you do new out of box or rebuilt. the truck has 160k miles I am the original owner. your thoughts? thanks, Marcia

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Marcia, I would not recommend using a new engine! If your truck is in excellent shape, my Service Advisor Marc Yakabusky tells me that General Motors has a rebuilt engine that comes with a 12,ooo mile or 12 month warranty. If your truck is just OK, you might think of trading it in or using a junk yard motor. You definitely want to have a mechanic you trust, look it over and advise you which way to go. Good Luck, Amy Mattinat

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Marcia, It really depends on what you want to spend. I would assume that a new engine would cost quite a bit more money. Whichever you decide to do, just make sure that you get a warranty so if you need to take it in the repairs will be covered. You should be good with either choice. Lori

Patty Streeter,  at AskPatty.com Marcia, Before you decide, it might be a good idea to get the car checked out by an ASE Blue Seal certified shop in your area. They can tell you if there are other issues or what might be the best action to take. You can find an ASE certified shop near you by going here: http://www.ase.com/bluesealsearch/locator.php

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