We have a 2001 f150 and it blew a head gasket. The repair shop said it would be better to get a rebuilt engine rather than fix it. My question is would it be worth it and would a new engine affect the transmission? It has 194,000 miles on it.

Asked by Feb 08, 2014 at 07:56 PM about the 2001 Ford F-150 XL 4WD SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

7 Answers

9,575

Did they inspect it. Did they say anything about bearing damage? If there is no permanent damage from the water in the oil a head gasket should fix the issue? If there is bearing damage then yes I would not put money into installing a head gasket just to have the bearings fail shortly down the road. If you look at a rebuilt engine see if the shop or engine builder will warranty the motor?

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
61,075

Personally I wouldn't fix it. The truck is 13 years old and has nearly 200,000 miles on it. If your going to pull the heads at this point you've got to realize that the rest of the engine has wear. Plus you'll be disturbing components such as wiring, hoses, etc. that probably haven't been touched since the truck was built. These parts are old, brittle and prone to break much easier than on a newer vehicle. I believe you'd be opening up a can of worms. I'd use the money to buy something newer with less miles on it. HTH. -Jim

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
18,465

It depends on how well the vehicle has been maintained. Is the body in good condition, no transmission problems, etc The mechanic is correct. It would be cheaper to replace the engine. You can buy a good low mileage engine and have it installed cheaper than you can buy another truck. If it is in really good condition I would fix it. If not, buy another one.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
16,600

Keep in mind rebuilt engines are just that, rebuilt up to the previous failure. I only use remanufacturered. A little more money, But why purchase another problem.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
9,575

Rebuilt and/or used are always a gamble. I'm about 80% on decent used motors from the wreckers (and of the failed ones you could tell that they were inexperienced people who repaired or rebuilt the motor at some point). For re-builds/remanufactured I usually hang out at the shop while they assemble it, no failures yet, but I usually get a short or long block and do the rest myself.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
16,600

The engine should not affect the tranny. My 99 is pushing 300K with the same engine and tranny. Of course I purchased it new, changing the tranny fluid and filter every 40K.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

How much just the body would cost on a 2001 ford f150 lariat crew cab

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

F-150

Looking for a Used F-150 in your area?

CarGurus has 212,349 nationwide F-150 listings starting at $1,000.

ZIP:

Search Ford F-150 Questions

Ford F-150 Experts

#1 OJ
OJ
Reputation 6,930
#2 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 4,180
#3 tennisshoes
tennisshoes
Reputation 2,510
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,284 Great Deals out of 155,168 listings starting at $1,395
Used GMC Sierra 1500
938 Great Deals out of 62,274 listings starting at $1,395
Used Dodge Ram 1500
531 Great Deals out of 12,827 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford F-250 Super Duty
395 Great Deals out of 45,079 listings starting at $2,000
Used Toyota Tundra
582 Great Deals out of 30,721 listings starting at $2,637
Used Toyota Tacoma
614 Great Deals out of 35,124 listings starting at $2,155
Used Ford Mustang
363 Great Deals out of 44,490 listings starting at $1,000
Used Ford Explorer
936 Great Deals out of 73,994 listings starting at $750
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
775 Great Deals out of 28,451 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Ranger
204 Great Deals out of 6,719 listings starting at $1,450
Used Jeep Wrangler
392 Great Deals out of 19,082 listings starting at $3,000

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford F-150 For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 103,478 listings starting at $18,199
2016 Ford F-150 For Sale
154 Great Deals out of 41,651 listings starting at $16,995
2015 Ford F-150 For Sale
197 Great Deals out of 7,255 listings starting at $17,480
2014 Ford F-150 For Sale
433 Great Deals out of 11,727 listings starting at $10,700