Should I put new engine in my car?

Asked by May 17, 2018 at 09:45 PM about the 2010 Dodge Charger 3.5L RWD

Question type: General

I bought my 2010 Dodge Charger 2.5 years ago
with 32,000 miles on it.  At 48,500 miles the engine
seized.  Here’s my dilemma. I still owe about $5000
on the car..  the body of the car and inside of car is
in mint condition.  Oil changes were every 3 to
4,000 miles and the car wasn’t beat on.  It’s the v6
3.5 high output, with spoiler, brand new 18” wheels,
dvd, remote start, premium sound etc.  I know I’m
going to lose money on the deal but which do you
think I should do?  Should I sell the car as is (what
should I expect to get for it?). Or should I get a new
engine put in (got a quote of 5,400 for brand new
engine)?  Thanks in advance for the advice!

4 Answers


If you like the car you can get your money's worth by keeping it and putting some miles on it. Or you could install a good used engine which is of course a bit of a crap shoot.

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Selling it the way it is will net you less than a grand,

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Save yourself a little money and get a decent used engine with roughly the same amount of mileage. You will find some good, reputable parts dealers that will find you a great deal, especially compared to that price! I'm sure you can even get a very good warranty that will keep your mind at ease. Also; I think you should ask for an engine that has always run synthetic oil, and continue to do so as the protection of a good synthetic is so far beyond conventional oil that it's not even in the same oil universe, (in my opinion). Good luck, and i,m sorry you had to deal w/all that; never a good time. Scrapping it should never be an option. Take care.


it happened to me too, in my case it was a spun rod bearing, i opened the engine from below, sanded the crankshaft a bit, cleaned the inside, changed the rod bearings, oil etc, and it´s been running since.

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