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How much cheaper is the car? Are they selling it for new price? I wouldn’t touch it unless it had a big discount. I’ve worked in dealers and repair shops for 40 years. All the bolts never go back.
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They're discounting the car handsomely and I think I'm going to lease the car with the purchase to buy at the end to give myself some sort of exit plan in case the car ends up having problems down the road.

I contacted Chrysler and provided them the VIN to see if they could tell me what repairs had been done to it. Since its a unsold vehicle they wouldn't release the details to me. Fortunately the guy who was helping me understood the concerns I had so he looked at all the notes and said he would have no problem buying that car for himself, but that I should try to negotiate the price.

I'm going to check the car out tomorrow and take it for a test drive so crossing my fingers. Might try to negotiate the extended warranty in the deal too!
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How much cheaper is the car? Are they selling it for new price? I wouldn’t touch it unless it had a big discount. I’ve worked in dealers and repair shops for 40 years. All the bolts never go back.




"All the bolts never go back", that was a good one, and on point. Think i'd pass...






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I would NEVER buy a late model like this with ANY engine work done. There are a BUNCH of these available around here that are in mint, original, low mileage condition.

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I wouldn't have a problem, these engines are simple to pull or install, I've done several 5.7 cars and it's basic. If it runs good and the price is right why not. Not like they cracked it open, it's a crate engine...
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"All the bolts never go back", that was a good one, and on point. Think i'd pass...
I respectfully disagree.
I just finished doing a top end job on a Honda V6, necessitated by a broken timing belt. (Bent a bunch of valves.)
Considering all the bits and pieces that had to be removed, compared to just swapping an engine, I would venture to say that it was probably more complex - or at least as complex. Just not as physically intense.
I completed the job with no bits or pieces left over. It can be done. It all depends on the amount of care taken by the individual tech. (I should mention that I do Telecom for a living. Mechanics is my hobby.)
The fact that it was a "factory new" engine, as opposed to a rebuild, would be encouraging to me. If they're going to sweeten the deal substantially, I would be inclined to go for it.

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I respectfully disagree. I just finished doing a top end job on a Honda V6, I completed the job with no bits or pieces left over. It can be done. It all depends on the amount of care taken by the individual tech.

Should be no issues at all when your doing the job, I totally agree with you completely. With the right service manual and having all the technical data on hand, it should be a fun project, if you have the time, right tool, and skills to complete the repair. That being said, it's the last part of your statement that I have always had problems with when it came to anyone working on my cars, in most cases there was always a negative issue that came to light. This has always been my position in past post and with good reason. I could tell stories that would amaze anyone regarding idiots posing as mechanics that I have had the misfortune of dealing with in my early years. At that point, I did all restorations, builds, tuning and was my own crew chief at the drags. Now, I'm back where I started, almost knowing nothing and relying on extended warranties that I hope I never have to use. I'm sure like anything else in this world, there are competent mechanics out there but I have only came across a few.





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Alright everyone I have a update for you!

I went and test drove the car today and the engine sounded great and had no issues. I checked under the hood and inspected for any issues with the paint and there where a couple of light scratches, but to be expected and gave me more negotiating power!

Ended up getting a better deal than I anticipated and had a smile from ear to ear all the way on the 100 mile drive home. I went with a lease just in case something does go wrong, I can hand the keys back to Chrysler!

I appreciate everyone's input and I'll keep you posted if anything goes wrong down the road!
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Congrats on your new Scat pack, and welcome to the forum. Your going to have a blast with it..
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