How Much Does It Cost to Rebuild an Engine?

A rebuilt car engine is an engine that has been overhauled using both new and used parts that have been approved by the manufacturer.

Technically, a rebuilt engine means you will get an engine with new pistons, rings, bearings, gaskets, seals, oil pump and timing belt.  Although the basic block head, crank and connecting rods have been reused, they are all re-manufactured to meet the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) specifications.

If you’re looking for a new car engine, a rebuilt one may do just as good of a job, for a fraction of the cost.

Engine detail by matchity, on Flickr
Engine detail” (CC BY 2.0) by matchity

How much does a rebuilt engine cost?

Make and ModelRebuilt Engine Cost (no professional installation)
BMW 540$2,000 to $3,700
Chevy Aveo$1,000 to $1,900
Chevy Equinox$1,000 to $2,100
Chevy HHR$900 to $1,500
Chevy Silverado$1,200 to $2,100
Ford Escape$1,000 to $1,400
Ford Expedition$850 to $2,200
Ford Explorer$800 to $1,700
Honda Accord$700 to $1,600
Honda Civic$750 to $1,100
Jeep Wrangler$1,000 to $1,400
Lexus GS300$1,800 to $3,000
PT Cruiser$1,000 to $1,400
Toyota Camry$850 to $1,200
Toyota Sienna$800 to $1,500

NOTE:  The costs for the rebuilt engines were for the engine only and wouldn’t include the professional labor.  If you were to choose a professional mechanic, it’s safe to add another $2,000 to $3,000 to the total to play it safe.

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