Pennock's Fiero Forum
  Other Cars
  Worth it to rebuild? 1998 Chevrolet Prizm and failed engine

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Email This Page to Someone! | Printable Version


next newest topic | next oldest topic
Worth it to rebuild? 1998 Chevrolet Prizm and failed engine by 1985FieroGT
Started on: 11-11-2012 09:59 PM
Replies: 6 (637 views)
Last post by: dudewithoutfiero on 11-24-2012 06:14 PM
1985FieroGT
Member
Posts: 3835
From: USA
Registered: Sep 2002


Feedback score: (1)
Leave feedback





Total ratings: 297
Rate this member

Report this Post11-11-2012 09:59 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 1985FieroGTClick Here to Email 1985FieroGTSend a Private Message to 1985FieroGTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Well, my mom's car's engine gave up the ghost a few days ago, the engine has to be rebuilt. The body has 190k miles on it and it seems like it'll last another 200k miles if the engine is redone. Is it worth it for a 1998 Chevrolet Prizm (toyota corolla)?
IP: Logged
PFF
System Bot
RWDPLZ
Member
Posts: 14373
From: Michigan
Registered: May 2002


Feedback score:    (11)
Leave feedback





Total ratings: 295
Rate this member

Report this Post11-11-2012 10:46 PM Click Here to See the Profile for RWDPLZClick Here to visit RWDPLZ's HomePageSend a Private Message to RWDPLZEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Lots of used engines available for $400-800, rebuild would likely cost $1000+ and take longer.

http://www.car-part.com/

The important question is, how the hell do you kill a Corolla engine?!

Could also do a 2ZZ swap...
IP: Logged
1985FieroGT
Member
Posts: 3835
From: USA
Registered: Sep 2002


Feedback score: (1)
Leave feedback





Total ratings: 297
Rate this member

Report this Post11-12-2012 12:01 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 1985FieroGTClick Here to Email 1985FieroGTSend a Private Message to 1985FieroGTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
quote
Originally posted by RWDPLZ:

Lots of used engines available for $400-800, rebuild would likely cost $1000+ and take longer.

http://www.car-part.com/

The important question is, how the hell do you kill a Corolla engine?!

Could also do a 2ZZ swap...


The 1998 to 2002 corolla engines were cursed... they had small holes in the pistons to allow for oil transfer, and if the oil sludges a little, it'll seize the rings, etc. And the rear main seals are notorious for leaking. Both my dad's prizm and my toyota corolla I had owned both burned and leaked oil badly.
IP: Logged
carnut122
Member
Posts: 9122
From: Waleska, GA, USA
Registered: Jan 2004


Feedback score:    (9)
Leave feedback





Total ratings: 83
Rate this member

Report this Post11-13-2012 06:42 PM Click Here to See the Profile for carnut122Send a Private Message to carnut122Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
quote
Originally posted by 1985FieroGT:


The 1998 to 2002 corolla engines were cursed... they had small holes in the pistons to allow for oil transfer, and if the oil sludges a little, it'll seize the rings, etc. And the rear main seals are notorious for leaking. Both my dad's prizm and my toyota corolla I had owned both burned and leaked oil badly.


About that time period, Toyota recalled a bunch of engines for sludging.
IP: Logged
dudewithoutfiero
Member
Posts: 1191
From: Cape Coral, Fl
Registered: Jul 2005


Feedback score: N/A
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post11-23-2012 01:52 AM Click Here to See the Profile for dudewithoutfieroSend a Private Message to dudewithoutfieroEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
my wife's car is a 98 corolla with 126,000 on it and it only burns 1/8 qt. per 3000 miles. she is the second owner, the first was her grandma. the oil gets changed every 3000 and is never under the full mark. i think that in 2000 the engines were fixed and the engine will retrofit to the early years. I admit that the car is not a power house but it is great on gas and is VERY reliable. not all of the engine were bad

[This message has been edited by dudewithoutfiero (edited 11-23-2012).]

IP: Logged
FieroGT42
Member
Posts: 2992
From: Iowa
Registered: Jan 2005


Feedback score: (4)
Leave feedback





Total ratings: 67
Rate this member

Report this Post11-23-2012 02:43 AM Click Here to See the Profile for FieroGT42Click Here to Email FieroGT42Send a Private Message to FieroGT42Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I thought the ZZ engine was bullet proof... but if the rest of the car is as good as you say, I think it's definitely worth it.
IP: Logged
dudewithoutfiero
Member
Posts: 1191
From: Cape Coral, Fl
Registered: Jul 2005


Feedback score: N/A
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post11-24-2012 06:14 PM Click Here to See the Profile for dudewithoutfieroSend a Private Message to dudewithoutfieroEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
mostly they are, my wife's car has had regular oil changes and maintenance. i know someone else that has had his car since new and has replaced his motor twice(the first one was at 60,000 and the second was at 140,000, he doesn't change the oil very often. the last engine we put in was from a 2003 and did the whole swap, tranny computer and everything. when ever my wifes engine starts to go down hill and burn oil i will be doing the swap to hers. we will get more power and mpg.
IP: Logged

next newest topic | next oldest topic

All times are ET (US)

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | Back To Main Page

Advertizing on PFF | Fiero Parts Vendors
PFF Merchandise | Fiero Gallery | Ogre's Cave
Real-Time Chat | Fiero Related Auctions on eBay



Copyright (c) 1999, C. Pennock