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Thread: '98 Montero Wrecked... Now What?

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    Unhappy '98 Montero Wrecked... Now What?

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    Just bought this really well kept gen 2.5 Montero with winter package. Some idiot ran a red light at an intersection and T-Boned me. Thankfully we both walked away with minimal injuries... but the insurance is saying my rig is totaled. Engine wasn't touched, only has 160,000 miles on it. Should I just let it go and try to find another one, or see if I can buy it back and use it as a donor car?

    Really bummed ... such a good rig
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    That sucks. If you can buy it back cheap, have a place to keep it and plan on getting another around the same year, I would say buy it back for spare parts.

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    DAMN! I've been T-Boned in a Montero before as well, driver side and thankfully walked away as well.
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    Not worth keeping. That thing is thrashed, and these are not high mileage engines
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    what a bummer. I'd replace it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManfromSnowyRiver View Post
    Not worth keeping. That thing is thrashed, and these are not high mileage engines
    Really? I thought the 3.5 V6 had a reputation as being able to go 300k easy as long as the timing belt and water pump were replaced at regular intervals....

    I did find a '93 Montero locally here in Anchorage that is in need of a new engine, I have been contemplating an engine swap into it... the 4.9 gearing with the larger engine from my wrecked '98 seems like it would be a nice combo. I could even swap out the rear locker as well. Or am I barking up the wrong tree and just avoid this as a maintenance monster?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenix View Post
    Really? I thought the 3.5 V6 had a reputation as being able to go 300k easy as long as the timing belt and water pump were replaced at regular intervals....

    I did find a '93 Montero locally here in Anchorage that is in need of a new engine, I have been contemplating an engine swap into it... the 4.9 gearing with the larger engine from my wrecked '98 seems like it would be a nice combo. I could even swap out the rear locker as well. Or am I barking up the wrong tree and just avoid this as a maintenance monster?
    That would be a good swap. Assume the '93 is an SR? Locker from the '98 could be swapped, but ring gear size is different so you would need to source a rear 4.9 set from a 3.5l Sport. Whole thing is a lot of work so assume you have a lot of spare time & skills to do it yourself... or for sure not worth it to hire it out unless the '93 is darned near free, even then :-(
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenix View Post
    Really? I thought the 3.5 V6 had a reputation as being able to go 300k easy as long as the timing belt and water pump were replaced at regular intervals....

    I did find a '93 Montero locally here in Anchorage that is in need of a new engine, I have been contemplating an engine swap into it... the 4.9 gearing with the larger engine from my wrecked '98 seems like it would be a nice combo. I could even swap out the rear locker as well. Or am I barking up the wrong tree and just avoid this as a maintenance monster?
    Don't even know what he is talking about. Maybe he needs a Snickers. If you have the ability to keep the drivetrain, I would.

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    3.5 SOHC is a super reliable and proven motor, The DOHC is too but requires more attention. They're not uncommon to break 300k miles.
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    500,000 on my 2.6L and a hair shy of 300,000 on my 1990 LWB 3.0. Really it is all on the maintenance, good oil and filter and you are good to go.

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