QUOTE(RaFaLe @ Jan 31 2012, 04:46 PM)
I think you'd better be off with other MPV; Exora Bold?
My father owns one, 2005 model. Not many mechanics out there that can repair it, expensive spare parts, and will have obvious cooling problems when mileage exceeds 100K km..but good thing is that it's quite steady,comfy and NVH is good for me as well. The shock absorber wears out quite fast as well because my family fully utilize it..
Initially I told my father better part with the car but since he really wanted to keep it he spent 10K to fully overhaul the engine few months ago after suffering from leaky head and some broken cooling pipes that lead to overheat(common for Nazaria). Also, it's a fuel guzzler lor
From what the mechanic told me you'll need atleast 10k as well to do engine transplant from nissan cefiro (2.5/3.0l).
Pros: Nissan engine is better, less maintenance compared to original engine, no cooling/overheat issue. FCwise IDK.
Cons: The mechanic mentioned about the ABS and Airbag will not function due to different ECU. IDK if other has found solutions to this or not - maybe could "kacuk" between the parts.
Up 2u to to believe or not.. just my 2sen from my experience.
I think your father kena con... Nowadays new (Yes New!) Naza Ria 2.5 V6 engine can be bought at a cheap price around Rm7k~7.5k! Plus installation maybe even cheaper a bit compare to RM10k full overhaul..
I have scout around spare part shop and already seen a few mechanic bought the whole engine to be transplant to their customer cars... Somemore i heard got warranty somemore from Naza itself! The new engine somemore come with alternator somemore.. You just need to plug and play and walla! Easy and fast for the mechanic and customer also...
If plan to transplant, should go for Nissan VQ25 engine.. That 1 maintenance for sure cheaper a bit due to timing chain (no need change timing belt) & easier to get at half-cut shop.. But 1 drawback is when u register this engine wif JPJ, if not mistaken you cant sell that car anymore...
This you will need to confirm wif JPJ loo... Reason given is different engine manufacturer compare to ur current car...