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How much would you pay for a 3800 SC series 2? by Corpsmen Ed
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I have a line on a 3800 SC series 2 out of a '97 Grand Prix GTP. The car was wrecked in the ass end. The guy is offering the motor, Auto trans, complete wiring harness, pcm, axles, hubs, steering gear and all driven accessories for $650.

Here's the kicker.....180K miles.

He has video of the car running before the dropout, and it sounds and looks good. He supposedly had just replaced all the gaskets (except head gaskets) before the accident.

Is this a decent deal?

The miles are pretty high. Should I keep looking?

Would you buy it? And if so, what would you offer? $500?
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For my first swap I paid 500 for my donor car. It had 130K on it. I gave the carcass to a friend and he got 350 from the scrapper.

I don't think 500 is to bad for everything, but, you should try to talk him down more.

I just (over) paid 1,200 for just a low mileage engine, harness an ECM.

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Report this Post03-26-2014 10:04 AM Click Here to See the Profile for darkhorizonSend a Private Message to darkhorizonEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Here in the midwest thats a 500dollar setup... the 600 to 700 cost would include nearly trouble free delivery, clean motor, and really new alum gaskets and a known good trans.

The miles sounds good.. most any 3800 I have is over 150k miles and they all work great.
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Report this Post03-26-2014 11:55 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Corpsmen EdClick Here to visit Corpsmen Ed's HomePageClick Here to Email Corpsmen EdSend a Private Message to Corpsmen EdEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I offered him $500, but he hasn't gotten back with me yet.

The person I plan to have due the swap for me said not to pay more than $400 for a seies 2 with that many miles. But I feel pretty comfortable risking $500 based on talking to the guy and seeing the video.

Not sure he is going to go that low.
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Report this Post03-26-2014 02:56 PM Click Here to See the Profile for MerlinhaggardClick Here to Email MerlinhaggardSend a Private Message to MerlinhaggardEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I got mine with 60k miles for 400...
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Report this Post03-26-2014 04:41 PM Click Here to See the Profile for ericjon262Send a Private Message to ericjon262Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Have you checked out Car-part.com? you can find pretty killer deals on there.
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Report this Post03-26-2014 04:44 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BoostdreamerClick Here to Email BoostdreamerSend a Private Message to BoostdreamerEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Most of you did better than me. I paid $800 for the engine, trans, wiring, computer, etc. I had to remove it all myself. The good part about my transaction though, was that I got to drive the car before pulling the engine and I got to do the work at my house. I am satisfied with my deal.
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got my 97 3800sc from a salvage yard nearby (i"m in nova scotia, canada btw) and it only included the engine and a hacked up harness. It supposedly had around 180k on it, but couldn't say for sure. It was the cheapest around here. They are going for more like 800 to 900$ here from a salvage yard normally.
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I can usually find a few series II 3800SC engines out of 99 to 2003 cars with any where from 120,000 to 200,000 km on them for $500 to $600 and the matching tranny $300 to $400. But I also have quite a few wreckers always looking for more engines for me and then I get first shot at them when they come in. Dan
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Report this Post03-26-2014 11:00 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Corpsmen EdClick Here to visit Corpsmen Ed's HomePageClick Here to Email Corpsmen EdSend a Private Message to Corpsmen EdEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
That guy never replied to my offer of $500. It's been two days now, and before he was emailing me back and forth. Guess maybe I offended him. Sorry Bro. Guess I'll keep looking.

And yes, I have checked Car-part.com. Not much in my area, except high mileage motors for more than $500, not including trans. eBay has been a bust lately too, unless you can afford a crate engine, which I can't.

If anybody hears of a decent motor or motor/trans combo that runs ands doesn't have a million miles on them, and is fairly close to the midwest part of the U.S., PLEASE let me know.

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I wish I could get motors for that price. Here it's $1500-2500 depending on the mileage. Extra if you want the computer, wiring and tranny.

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Originally posted by Corpsmen Ed:

That guy never replied to my offer of $500. It's been two days now, and before he was emailing me back and forth. Guess maybe I offended him. Sorry Bro. Guess I'll keep looking.

And yes, I have checked Car-part.com. Not much in my area, except high mileage motors for more than $500, not including trans. eBay has been a bust lately too, unless you can afford a crate engine, which I can't.

If anybody hears of a decent motor or motor/trans combo that runs ands doesn't have a million miles on them, and is fairly close to the midwest part of the U.S., PLEASE let me know.



search broader than your area, I bought my 3500 (38K miles) for about $375 shipped to my front door.
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