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MARK VANDERBENT

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Posted: 01/10/19 04:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have 330,000 on my 2009 suburban 5.3 . Pricing out New motor for the future . Can get New motor installed for around 6500. My mechanic had a 2012 f150 he was replacing ecoboost motor on, and he told me that motor replacement was 11,500 with new turbos . Was thinking that was crazy expensive! Is that really a realistic price for replacing those motors?

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I would think that if he is high on the EcoBoost, he would also be high on the 5.3. Shop around. $6500 does sound high for a 5.3

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Maybe for a race series short block and some additional work, but I suspect there is more to it than just a short block swap at that price. Or maybe that mechanic has to buy some metric wrenches to work on it so jacked up the price? [emoticon]


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Can’t comment on the ecoboost, but the GM 5.3 should be cheaper in my experience.


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Jegs has the long block for around 3500.

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I don't know how much installation is, but you can get a pretty nice GM V8 for half of what you're paying. Low mileage used engines are $800-1200.

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MARK VANDERBENT wrote:

Have 330,000 on my 2009 suburban 5.3 . Pricing out New motor for the future . Can get New motor installed for around 6500. My mechanic had a 2012 f150 he was replacing ecoboost motor on, and he told me that motor replacement was 11,500 with new turbos . Was thinking that was crazy expensive! Is that really a realistic price for replacing those motors?


Seems like way too much considering a new 3.5 from Ford themselves is 4500 and new turbos from ford are 400 a piece. And there are many other places you can get these parts new a bit cheaper. That's ALOT of labor charge. That is also considering Ford dealers charge 10k for a newly installed 6.7 diesel in the Superduty and that includes turbos too.


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Something sounds way off on that price.

I’d shop some more.


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Hmmm, a basic push rod, port injected, gen IV 5.3L with a narrow band VVT making 315hp/338lb-ft for $6,500.

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A direct injected, turbocharged, gen I 3.5L with a wide band cam phasers making 365hp/420lb-ft for $11,500.

Both estimates seem fairly high, but there is not doubt that an older gen IV LS 5.3L should cost less than a 3.5L Ecoboost. For one it has less tech, and for two there are so many out there that you have multiple rebuilders selling them bringing the cost down. Quote a modern direct injected 5.3L to an Ecoboost and the difference will probably be a lot closer.

Just be sure he is quoting you the right 5.3L. Many of those lower priced 5.3L's on Jegs that some of these people are talking about are not the same gen IV engine you have.

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