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Can't get the Z to stay on. The mechanic says they Think they finally figured out the issue but it's going to cost about $2.5k without guarantee it'll fix it

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Can't get the Z to stay on. The mechanic says they Think they finally figured out the issue but it's going to cost about $2.5k without guarantee it'll fix it or he said a better option would be to swap another engine for ~$5k. The issue has something to do with the passenger cam timing. Something about the oil pressure being low (might have a slight leak that over time messed up the timing? Don't know)

It's 2009 MT Touring Gray. 175k miles. The front bumber needs replaced. Slight crack in windshield. It's just to a point where it has a lot of minor things that add up to a lot. The shop offered to buy it for $2.5k which is not happening.

I'm thinking of parting out. What do you think? Anyone have any idea how much you get from slowly parting out?

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Low oil pressure could be from the galley gaskets leaks by. They're behind the timing chain. It's a known problem.
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Can't get the Z to stay on. The mechanic says they Think they finally figured out the issue but it's going to cost about $2.5k without guarantee it'll fix it or he said a better option would be to swap another engine for ~$5k. The issue has something to do with the passenger cam timing. Something about the oil pressure being low (might have a slight leak that over time messed up the timing? Don't know)

It's 2009 MT Touring Gray. 175k miles. The front bumber needs replaced. Slight crack in windshield. It's just to a point where it has a lot of minor things that add up to a lot. The shop offered to buy it for $2.5k which is not happening.

I'm thinking of parting out. What do you think? Anyone have any idea how much you get from slowly parting out?

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Labor cost to repair oil gallery gaskets and timing chain is about $1000, plus parts. So if they are quoting $2.5k, and no guarantee, something is a little out of whack. It sounds like the shop has no clue, especially if they are saying $5K for an engine. Or they do know how to fix it and want to go around bragging to people how they swiped this 370z from a guy for $2.5k...

There has to be someone near where you live that has experience with the VQ motor and can fix it without raping you.
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Throw some pictures up with a price and see what happens !
Then make up your mind. You don’t have to sell.
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Keep your Z and fix it and enjoy it! This shop your dealing with either has no idea or clue about our cars or their business practices are dishonest. Definitely choice a new shop to repair your Z at there has to be someone near you that has some experience with VQ platform or at least has some experience working on Nissan/Infiniti vehicles. First areas to consider looking into would be a compression check and leak down test.
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you are not to far from the z-shop in carrolton,Ga. maybe go to local tennessee zcar show or the group section in this forum.
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Dynosty and Z1 shops are near you. Take your car to either of those shops. Also, you can buy a low mileage engine pretty cheap these days. The VHR has been slammed into a TON of Nissan vehicles. I sold mine for 500 bucks or so (90k mi). You could probably get a low milage one for about 1500.
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Thanks for the input guys, I decided to keep her and swapping out the engine. Found an engine for $1600, does the shop usually keep the old engine? I'm wondering if I can sell it to someone that rebuilds?
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Thanks for the input guys, I decided to keep her and swapping out the engine. Found an engine for $1600, does the shop usually keep the old engine? I'm wondering if I can sell it to someone that rebuilds?
No they don't. They only keep the engine if they have to source one and the junkyard wants one as a core. Keep your old one and rebuild it.


Oh, and find another shop. I'm sure your old engine is repairable.
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No they don't. They only keep the engine if they have to source one and the junkyard wants one as a core. Keep your old one and rebuild it.


Oh, and find another shop. I'm sure your old engine is repairable.
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