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    Advice on replacing motor in Lumina

    I need to replace a motor in my kids 1994 lumina. I wouldnt bother spending the money to fix it but its in good shape and I just replaced the fuel pump less than 500 miles ago. I'm not sure where to buy a motor. I have a guy that can do the labor for about $300 cash. Any CFers with knowledge here? 1994 Lumina 3.1 liter motor six cylinder 4 door.



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    Re: Advice on replacing motor in Lumina

    I'm pretty sure you can buy another 1994 Lumina for less than the cost of another motor. Or you can spoil them and buy them a 1995 Lumina.



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    Re: Advice on replacing motor in Lumina

    call all salvage yards in the area - carneys in ames, sam's riverside - dsm, don's auto and truck - dsm, and there are a few others. probably find one anywhere from 450 - 1000.



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    Re: Advice on replacing motor in Lumina

    PS - just make sure that the car it's coming out of wasn't sitting in flooded water last year, as a lot of the salvage yards were.



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    Re: Advice on replacing motor in Lumina

    Another avenue is Ebay. You can find some pretty good deals there. My buddy bought an engine that way before and it went well. It will cost some cash to pay for shipping, but it will go wherever you need it to.



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    Re: Advice on replacing motor in Lumina

    One of the least expensive places in the area is Hewitt's in Monroe.



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    Re: Advice on replacing motor in Lumina

    Many auto parts stores sell rebuilt engines. Also, check the internet for the cost of a rebuilt engines. Depending on how long you want to keep the car, it may be a better option than a junkyard find.



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    Re: Advice on replacing motor in Lumina

    Check out the salvage yards for used 3.1 liter V-6's. They are pretty bullet proof motors so you should be able to buy a used motor for a decent price. You buy a remanufactured engine from GM and I agree you're better off getting a different car but salvage yards could set you up quite nicely.



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    Re: Advice on replacing motor in Lumina

    Search craigslist for any chevy in that year range with a 3.1. That motor was in a lot of cars. Or heck....put out a want to buy ad. I almost guarantee you'll find one in someones grove or yard junked out but the motor is fine.
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    Re: Advice on replacing motor in Lumina

    Quote Originally Posted by BigBake View Post
    Search craigslist for any chevy in that year range with a 3.1. That motor was in a lot of cars. Or heck....put out a want to buy ad. I almost guarantee you'll find one in someones grove or yard junked out but the motor is fine.
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    Thanks for the ideas. I put an ad on Craigslist and got two replies from people with junked cars(bad tranny and brakes) with running motors. The nice part is that they are still running and I will be able to listen to them and check the compression. The private owner motors were half the price of salvage yards. $200-300 each. I will be happy if the car gets two more years of life.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CYKID View Post
    Thanks for the ideas. I put an ad on Craigslist and got two replies from people with junked cars(bad tranny and brakes) with running motors. The nice part is that they are still running and I will be able to listen to them and check the compression. The private owner motors were half the price of salvage yards. $200-300 each. I will be happy if the car gets two more years of life.
    Plus if you find another lumina you'll have a lot of spare parts.
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    Re: Advice on replacing motor in Lumina

    I think that motor is one of the better one GM designed. They usually run a long time.



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    Re: Advice on replacing motor in Lumina

    Quote Originally Posted by BigBake View Post
    Plus if you find another lumina you'll have a lot of spare parts.
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    Then you can crush the first Lumina (as Chevrolet should have done years ago).


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    Re: Advice on replacing motor in Lumina

    My opinion is you'd be better off replacing that 3.1L with a 3.4L 3800 V6. It has more power with comparable gas mileage, as well as it being a higher quality engine compared to the 3.1L V6. GM's larger engines are usually far superior to their smaller engines.


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    Re: Advice on replacing motor in Lumina

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    My opinion is you'd be better off replacing that 3.1L with a 3.4L 3800 V6. It has more power with comparable gas mileage, as well as it being a higher quality engine compared to the 3.1L V6. GM's larger engines are usually far superior to their smaller engines.
    The 3.4 really wasn't that good an engine. The 3800 was a great one, but did have some head gasket issues. It wouldn't fit in a Lumina anyway.

    I've seen a lot of 3.1's go over 200,000 and a few over 300.000 so don't consider them inferior other than being just a little underpowered.



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