how expensive would it be to buy and put in a brand new 5.3lv8 into a 2002 chevy silverado 4x4?


Asked by Apr 02, 2013 at 12:14 PM about the 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Ext Cab Short Bed 4WD

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

im debating in putting a new engine into a truck with 173k , no body rust, perfect truck, just the miles
are scaring me and i dont want to have any mechanical issues down the road as ill be traveling alot. just
wondering is all.

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If it's in good shape like you say, go for it. You'll have a piece of mind, a he ck of a truck, and no new truck payments like Mr. Smith.

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Don't do it. It's throwing money down the drain. You have gotten this far with regular oil changes so keep it up. Put the money you would have spent in a new car fund for the deposit on the next one. --- With the rise of gas prices, the value of large trucks is down. Find a low mileage, late model truck that has suffered the first year depreciation.

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Well the miles that are on your truck arent that bad. It should last alot longer up to the 300000 mile zone. those engines last for a long time.I wpold just save that money for a used truck with low miles and great engine.

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I would be worried about the transmission or the transfer case going more than the engine. I agree with the guys above me save your money unitl you need an engine or you buy something newer. Amazon has one for $2335 with free prime shipping then you would either have to install it yourself or pay someone probably around another $1000 to put it in. Chevrolet- Remanufactured/dp/B007CX6HNW/ref=au_pf_ss_1? ie=UTF8&Make=Chevrolet%7C47&Model=Avalanche%201 500%7C416&Year=2003%7C2003&carId=005&n=15684181 &s=automotive

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thanks gurus, i appreciate it!


From your picture, you look like you live in snow country? A 4X4 will bring good money on a trade in or private sale. Have a garage go through the engine, and transmission, changing the fluids and filters. Do a major tune-up with new plug wires. Check the breaks and lines, wheel bearings, and rear-end grease. This will cost from $250 to $500 where a new motor will cost from $3 grand to $5 grand, and you will not recoup on a resale. Like everyone above said, save the money for a down payment. If you have not driven it like it was stolen, you will get 10 more years use out of it. Hell, new seats or "pick-a-part" shopping from a wrecking yard may get you better seats and other items that appear worn, for cheap money.

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I'm restoring ever mechanical part in and on my 01 Silverado 5.3 with a 190k miles on it. New engine, tranny, rear end, front end, fuel pump, heater core, exhaust, cooling system, everything you can think of and it is only going to cost me around 18k. My mechanic agrees with me to go crazy on it and re-do everything. My interior is still like new. I'll have a new truck and I don't have to spend 40k for it. I say rebuild your old truck, don't pay the crazy prices people want for a late model one with 60 to 90k miles on it. Good luck with your decision. I'll be driving mine another 25 years or more before I'll have to do anything major to it again.

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Ok The_Sheese, it is going on two years since you asked your question. What have you done? I had an everyday driver Crossover SUV Buick that had over 135K on it. It was starting ti nickle and dime me to death. Spending more each month than payments on a new one, and getting piece of mind. So I got a new/used dealer GMC Treeain, put my saved down payment against it with my 12 year old Buick. My payments are $250 range, 100K extended policy, 50% better mileage, and no worries about breakdowns. dbcoonass1 gave another option, but for $5K more I got a new SUV. I agree $40K for a PU is strange and outrageous. If you got a good tune-up and had it gone through, that is if you happy with it, the best way to have gone.

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if it ain't broke don't fix it.....I just checked on my 2001 and here in Austin,Tx it's about replace rear main seal and new lifters. A new engine from gm and labor will be 6000....may look for used low milage truck and move on..

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