How Much Does an Engine Swap Cost?

An engine swap, as the name implies, is removing the car’s engine and replacing it with another.  This can either be done due to an engine failure or to install a different engine that’s more modern and more efficient.

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How much does an engine swap cost?

Type of Engine SwapAverage Price (labor only)
BMW e30$1,100 and another $600 for hardware/mounts
Chevrolet Silverado 1500$1,000
Dodge Charger$1.450
Ford F150$1,125
Ford Mustang$1,250
GMC Sierra$800
Honda Civic$725
Jeep Wrangler$2,000, but the block was reworked
Mini Cooper$1,550

NOTE:  These are the labor rates only and won’t include the engine and necessary parts.  Greatly depending upon the engine you purchase, this could easily add another $2,000 to $4,000 to the labor rates mentioned above.

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Average Reported Cost: $300

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Was it worth it?  

  1. Morgan (Annapolis,  Maryland) paid $300 and said:

    $300 installed myself in 2004 Honda Civic. $230 for engine and $70 for random hardware.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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