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Old 11-30-2012, 11:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What does it cost to have the engine rebuilt on an 2006 Elise??

What does it cost to have the engine rebuilt for a 2006 Elise? No catastrophic damage, just an engine with a lot of miles on it (say, 100k road miles, no track)
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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At 100k why do you think it would need a rebuild?
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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im selling my motor and trans. 65k, can send you videos of it running/driving/shifting, etc. if youd like. only reason im geting rid of it is im doing a k swap
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I can see doing a timing belt at 100k. Rebuild? We're not in the 60's anymore. Perhaps at over 200k.
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I agree that a motor with 100 k should still be fine. Here is the odometer reading from my 1984 Corolla. The motor was still running strong when I junked the car.

The mileage is in km, so that's about 250,000 miles.
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I can see doing a timing belt at 100k. Rebuild? We're not in the 60's anymore. Perhaps at over 200k.
2ZZ has a chain, not a belt.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If you really want to know look at Monkeywrench racing website. They sell rebuilt engines.
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you'd be surprised how reasonable a new engine is from toyota. I bought a new short block for around $1700. I shopped around a bit and at the time, Olathe Toyota had the best deals and was great to work with.
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Ji3m, I know someone selling a motor here in Dallas. He's doing a k-swap, so he's about to pull the motor. Send me a PM and I can get you intouch with him.
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First you have to ask is the block rebuildable; is the MMC coating on the aluminum bores in good shape. If not, then you are looking at a new block. I think monkeywrench sells blocks which the bore are coated with NikaSil, which is in many ways superior to the stock MMC coating. Consider replacing the stock pistons with forged pistons compatable with your bore. The "glass engine" reputation of the 2zz-ge comes from two problem areas; the high silicon aluminum stock pistons, and the weak valve train (valve stems/springs/wiped cams). If I was going to go out the trouble to rebuild, I would look at all these areas.
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What does it cost to have the engine rebuilt for a 2006 Elise? No catastrophic damage, just an engine with a lot of miles on it (say, 100k road miles, no track)
i'd "rebuild" by bolting on a rev 400 tvs sc on that "brand new 100k mile stock motor", and bring her up to 335hp. Then drive the heck out of that thing for another 100k miles, then reassess.
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i'd "rebuild" by bolting on a rev 400 tvs sc on that "brand new 100k mile stock motor", and bring her up to 335hp. Then drive the heck out of that thing for another 100k miles, then reassess.


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It will cost you half as much as the car you are buying, but why not send that motor out in style!
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With 335 HP, better buy an extra tranny because that will be toast soon enough.
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Good feedback. Appreciate all the comments. I actually don't own an Elise yet, just trying to find out what the cost would be for rebuilding the engine if and when it comes to that. Whatever I do get, I plan on using it as a DD which will naturally rack up the miles pretty quickly.
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