Originally Posted by michiel1134
... I'm sure my mechanic knows better than me, ...
"knows better" is a relative term.
With Suzuki leaving the US market and the age of our rigs, it is becoming harder and harder to find mechanics that know enough about Suzuki's.
Best you can hope for is one who is open to information, not one that says "I have been working on cars all my life! I know what I am doing!".... then proceeds to mess up your rig and spend YOUR money!
Be careful with what mechanic you trust.
Shipping is the main cost to a used engine block. If you cab find one local you will save a lot. Used parts are always a crap shoot. For example: I have not tested any of the blocks around my house, so you take a chance on after shipping it would be bad.
--> Is there any reason you need a rebuilt motor? <--
Or do you just need a "good" motor?
When I need a "new" motor I buy a used low mileage "JDM" motor. These motors come from used cars that are scrapped in Japan. Due to the way they do insurance and registrations, it gets more and more expensive to insure and register cars the older they get. It doesn't take long and it is cheaper to buy new. Cars are scrapped with around 65,000 miles on them and the average Japanese takes better care of their cars than the average American. I have had good results on the two engines I have gotten.
There is a world-wide market that sells these cars/parts. For the most part, the cars are not legal in the US, but the parts are. Do a search on "used jdm motors" and you will come up with some local results. I use a place out of Washington state: Foreign Engines
I picked up a G16 that I have been using as a driver for years (in two different bodies.) for about $850 shipped. The J18 in my son's Sport model was just under $1000.
Mike's Projects: Sidekick Sport J18 engine install
These are good motors, that just need the old external parts removed and yours installed before the whole thing is put into the car.
This is the J18 after unwrapping and cutting the straps.
-- Upstate New York
'96 Sport, 1.8L, 4sp
'94 JLX Kick, 16v, 4sp
'89 JLX Kick 8v, 2 door tintop 4x4 (Basketcase/Project)
'94 8v, 2 door tintop 4x4 5 speed Tracker
Plus a '08 Malibu named "Boo."
-- left in Oregon
'93 8v, 2 door tintop 4x4 5 speed Tracker
'98 16v, 2 door 2wd, soft top 5 speed Tracker
'92 JX, 16v, 4sp parts rig
'94 8v, 2wd, soft top (Project Parts donor)To follow my Projects see: http://m000035.blogspot.com/