Nissan 370Z Forum  

Would you buy a 370Z with a replaced engine?

Hey guys, I'm hoping to be a proud owner of a 370Z sometime soon. I've been looking around at various used ones and nothing's quite worked out yet, but I've

Go Back   Nissan 370Z Forum > Tech Area > Engine & Drivetrain

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-25-2011, 07:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
Base Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: US
Posts: 11
Drives: a car
Rep Power: 7
STB370Z is on a distinguished road
Default Would you buy a 370Z with a replaced engine?

Hey guys,
I'm hoping to be a proud owner of a 370Z sometime soon. I've been looking around at various used ones and nothing's quite worked out yet, but I've come across an interesting candidate and would like your opinion. It's a 2009 370Z with 25000 miles, BUT the engine was replaced by Nissan at 18000 miles. What do you guys think of this? Should I just ignore it or pursue it... The owner claims he was able to convince Nissan to change the engine because the "crank and speed sensor" went bad and he wasn't sure what other damage could have been done to the car....Does this sound reassuring to you guys? He seems like an honest enough guy and even if the story is legit, the fact that many parts were disconnected/removed, the engine unmounted, then everything being replaced/reinstalled has me feeling a little uneasy, I've had some bad experiences with dealer mechanics and know that quite a few of them could care less about doing the job carefully or even fully correctly... On the other hand, he has driven the car for the last 7000 miles since the engine replacement and claims it runs perfectly (but of course, he wants to sell the car, haha), so maybe I'm overthinking it?

Anyway what do you think? Thanks!
STB370Z is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2011, 07:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
Track Member
 
Apoc370z's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 996
Drives: 2011 GM z34
Rep Power: 9
Apoc370z will become famous soon enoughApoc370z will become famous soon enough
Default

if it is a local seller why not go check it out and test drive it, even a couple blocks might ease your heart a lil.

and my number 1 rule when it comes to buying a used car: dont buy it if you have the slightest doubt, move on and look for other potential sellers. Its not like you are desperate or anything.
Apoc370z is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2011, 07:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
A True Z Fanatic
 
SPOHN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Covington, GA
Age: 39
Posts: 14,844
Drives: Waiting on next Z
Rep Power: 215
SPOHN has a reputation beyond reputeSPOHN has a reputation beyond reputeSPOHN has a reputation beyond reputeSPOHN has a reputation beyond reputeSPOHN has a reputation beyond reputeSPOHN has a reputation beyond reputeSPOHN has a reputation beyond reputeSPOHN has a reputation beyond reputeSPOHN has a reputation beyond reputeSPOHN has a reputation beyond reputeSPOHN has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Just do the research and make sure he has all paperwork and maybe talk to the dealer that did the work. Also see if the new engine recieved a new warrenty. Was the short block changed or the hole long block?
__________________
SPOHN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2011, 07:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
Retired admin
 
frost's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Winterfell
Posts: 106,613
Drives: Your Wife Crazy
Rep Power: 0
frost frost frost frost frost frost frost frost frost frost frost
Default

I don't think it's a big deal, but like spohn said, I'd want paperwork, warranty, and make sure nothing shows up on carfax so you can resell it later.

If I read your story right, he volunteered this information. He didn't have to tell you. So he must be pretty confident in it.
__________________
370z OG

Quote:
Originally Posted by rooftop View Post
<insert snarky, slightly condescending frost joke>
frost is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2011, 08:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
Track Member
 
delusional's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: NewYork
Posts: 968
Drives: 09 PG T/S/N 7AT
Rep Power: 9
delusional will become famous soon enough
Default

why not just look around more for one that didn't have its engine replaced?
__________________

2009 Platinum Graphite Touring
[ Sport Package Navigation 7 Speed Automatic ]
[ Berk H&R ONEighty K&N Stillen Eibach Cobb Ichiba Hankook ]
delusional is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2011, 08:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
A True Z Fanatic
 
sonic370's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Orange Texas
Posts: 1,574
Drives: 09 370Z Sports PGK
Rep Power: 12
sonic370 will become famous soon enoughsonic370 will become famous soon enough
Send a message via MSN to sonic370
Default

if everything else about the car is perfect. than take it a step further
and check with the dealer and get all the paper work. most z owners keep
better records on their cars than the IRS. you said it was done at 18,000
so its under warranty. the drive train is 6 years or 60,000. but i don't know
if that starts over on yours at 18,000 or not.....good luck
sonic370 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2011, 12:13 AM   #7 (permalink)
Base Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: US
Posts: 11
Drives: a car
Rep Power: 7
STB370Z is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for all the responses guys, I really appreciate it!

@Apoc370z: Unfortunately, he's a 2 hour drive away, so I'm in the process of deciding whether it's even worth checking out... There aren't any good ones available close to where I'm at, but you are right, I am not desperate and something else should eventually turn up.

@SPOHN He says he has all of the paperwork. Regarding what was changed, he just said they put in "an entire new full block"

@frost He said that the engine work apparently is visible on the carfax, which I haven't looked at yet. His listing made no mention of the new engine, he only mentioned it in response to my asking if the car had any warranty work done to it

@delusional I think you are right, I'm leaning towards continuining the search, the main thing about this one that is tempting me is that it has the options I want and I would potentially be able to negotiate a lower price due to the engine change...
STB370Z is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2011, 12:18 AM   #8 (permalink)
A True Z Fanatic
 
m4a1mustang's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 55,360
Drives: on two wheels
Rep Power: 245
m4a1mustang has a reputation beyond reputem4a1mustang has a reputation beyond reputem4a1mustang has a reputation beyond reputem4a1mustang has a reputation beyond reputem4a1mustang has a reputation beyond reputem4a1mustang has a reputation beyond reputem4a1mustang has a reputation beyond reputem4a1mustang has a reputation beyond reputem4a1mustang has a reputation beyond reputem4a1mustang has a reputation beyond reputem4a1mustang has a reputation beyond repute
Default

I would continue on with your search. Even if everything checks out I think you'd still second guess yourself if you bought it.
__________________
- Steve
MAZOC Meet Thread
Zs & Coffee - Saturdays at 10AM in Fairfax, VA and Columbia, MD (Click the banner!)
LIKE us on Facebook!
m4a1mustang is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2011, 02:10 AM   #9 (permalink)
Premium Member
 
FL 4Motion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: FL
Posts: 3,671
Drives: Not a Z
Rep Power: 22
FL 4Motion has a reputation beyond reputeFL 4Motion has a reputation beyond reputeFL 4Motion has a reputation beyond reputeFL 4Motion has a reputation beyond reputeFL 4Motion has a reputation beyond reputeFL 4Motion has a reputation beyond reputeFL 4Motion has a reputation beyond reputeFL 4Motion has a reputation beyond reputeFL 4Motion has a reputation beyond reputeFL 4Motion has a reputation beyond reputeFL 4Motion has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by delusional View Post
why not just look around more for one that didn't have its engine replaced?
/\ yup, I agree.
FL 4Motion is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2011, 02:43 AM   #10 (permalink)
A True Z Fanatic
 
eastwest2300's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 69,664
Drives: '10 370Z MT, '16QX70
Rep Power: 1082108
eastwest2300 has a reputation beyond reputeeastwest2300 has a reputation beyond reputeeastwest2300 has a reputation beyond reputeeastwest2300 has a reputation beyond reputeeastwest2300 has a reputation beyond reputeeastwest2300 has a reputation beyond reputeeastwest2300 has a reputation beyond reputeeastwest2300 has a reputation beyond reputeeastwest2300 has a reputation beyond reputeeastwest2300 has a reputation beyond reputeeastwest2300 has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Hell No!
__________________
ARK V2 | AEM CAI | Swift | FI HFC | Ichiba F/R | GTmat | iJDM | UpRev | Z1 34 Cooler | Z1 SS Lines | Z1 Diff | Zspeed | Stillen Sways | Southbend Clutch/Flywheel | RJM V2 | Pioneer | SPL Bushings | Optima
eastwest2300 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2011, 03:40 AM   #11 (permalink)
A True Z Fanatic
 
KingZee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Glendale, CA
Age: 35
Posts: 2,612
Drives: Focus ST
Rep Power: 417
KingZee has a reputation beyond reputeKingZee has a reputation beyond reputeKingZee has a reputation beyond reputeKingZee has a reputation beyond reputeKingZee has a reputation beyond reputeKingZee has a reputation beyond reputeKingZee has a reputation beyond reputeKingZee has a reputation beyond reputeKingZee has a reputation beyond reputeKingZee has a reputation beyond reputeKingZee has a reputation beyond repute
Default

It's a tough call if there's a $10k price difference. Doesn't sound like it though so I probably wouldn't do it.
__________________
Focus ST
KingZee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2011, 08:29 AM   #12 (permalink)
Track Member
 
haitech's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Austin/Dallas
Posts: 922
Drives: 11' 370z Magnetic M6
Rep Power: 8
haitech is on a distinguished road
Default

You could most likely get him to lower the price
haitech is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2011, 08:54 AM   #13 (permalink)
Base Member
 
bleufiend's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 200
Drives: 370z MB Spt/Tour 6sp
Rep Power: 8
bleufiend is on a distinguished road
Default

Check the warranty paperwork. I would be interested in hearing how a crank went bad. If Nissan legitimately replaced the engine I would want to have it looked over just to make sure everything is in order.
__________________
Z34 owner formerly Z33. OZOC FTW.
bleufiend is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2011, 08:55 AM   #14 (permalink)
Base Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Overland Park, KS
Posts: 100
Drives: 09 370Z Yellow M6
Rep Power: 10
themann1984 is on a distinguished road
Default

^
|

I agree with the above. Incorporate the risk into the price you are willing to pay.

But always remember:
The 370Z is pure sex! It is hot, loud, and rough!
themann1984 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2011, 09:23 AM   #15 (permalink)
A True Z Fanatic
 
370Zsteve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Gold Coast CT
Posts: 10,596
Drives: 2019 Corvette G.S.
Rep Power: 33
370Zsteve has a reputation beyond repute370Zsteve has a reputation beyond repute370Zsteve has a reputation beyond repute370Zsteve has a reputation beyond repute370Zsteve has a reputation beyond repute370Zsteve has a reputation beyond repute370Zsteve has a reputation beyond repute370Zsteve has a reputation beyond repute370Zsteve has a reputation beyond repute370Zsteve has a reputation beyond repute370Zsteve has a reputation beyond repute
Default

I had the crank sensor replaced on my Mercedes ML 320 at 95,000 miles. The vehicle now has 153,000 miles on it and runs perfectly. I'm amazed Nissan replaced the engine for a faulty crank sensor. Dude must have screamed like a lost lamb until they gave in
__________________
SOLD MY Z MARCH 2018 - another Core OG moves on - new ride 2019 Z Corvette Grand Sport - no mods necessary but already have eyes on HFC and intakes LOL IT NEVER ENDS.
370Zsteve is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
F.I. CBE, tips can be replaced? DJ-of-E Intake/Exhaust 12 08-10-2011 11:36 PM
Pic request: 370z engine bay w/stillen g3's and Seibon engine cover. atx370z Nissan 370Z Photos / Spyshots / Video / Media Gallery 20 01-05-2011 12:50 PM
How will i tell if the dealer really replaced my engine or not? ZYUL8R Nissan 370Z General Discussions 15 05-29-2010 05:54 PM
replaced odometer Volcom370Z Exterior & Interior 37 04-02-2010 10:51 AM
Replaced tires on SUV and... PapoZalsa The Lounge (Off Topic) 3 12-22-2009 10:16 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:12 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2