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    Question Astra with fire damaged engine - difficult repair?

    Hi people,

    I'm considering buying a mk5 astra 1.6 twinport that is going cheap because it has had a small fire in the engine. I was just wondering if anyone could help. I have located a full new engine from the same model and engine.

    I was just curious to know how difficult it is to do a complete engine swap, if it did actually need a full new engine. Also, is it a case of simply replacing the engine, or do other parts, such as the ECU need changing too?

    Kind regards and thanks in advance.



    (above should hopefully be a pic of the engine)

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    Depends what's caused it really? any more info?

    On first judgments, By the looks of things, more than like a new lambda wire, next induction tube, new cover, and whatever wires run under that cam cover
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    I'd want to know what caused that too. I have a old cavalier where the lambda wiring shorted out and because the wiring is so thin it doesn't do damage like that. It took out the whole wiring loom though which is why the car got written off

    You may find the engines fine as they are just plastic panels that heve melted.

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    Its officially being sold as a Cat C, but the guy has said as of 15/05/09 nothing was showing on the HPI. I've emailed him asking for a few more details but the fire must have been minimal because there is no trace on the bonnet - the outside of the car is absolutely fine. Its a salvage company selling it so i'm not sure they'll be able to tell me how it was caused etc, but its 2004 and has only covered 35k.

    I've had my bro look at the pic, he reckons it probably won't need a new engine, and he would be the one repairing it, but he's not officially a mechanic (he worked as an apprentice for a few years so can do most jobs, he's just not an expert lol) and i was seeking a second opinion, but even if it did, it still works out very cheap to buy the car, then the engine ive find, which has also only done 37k. - if it is simply a case of chucking the new one in.

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    Well how much is it going for firstly aswell?

    Is it going to be worth getting it fixed then VIC checked to probably work out to being similar price to a slightly higher mileage mk5
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    Its priced at £1900, so i reckon i could get it for a bit less. The engine i've spotted is £550, and a VIC check is only £36 - so it would be much cheaper than a higher mileage mk 5. My bro would do the job for free, i'd just have to sort him out. So i reckon about £2400 worst case scenario (new engine).

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    *plus its the design model, so half leather, better alloys etc

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    i'd make sure the burnt wiring doesn't extend to the car loom, as that gets a lot more hassle to replace.
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    id do as above see if the loom is damaged and then buy the other engine if its in a car get asmuch loom etc as you can or if they can hold on for you to collect and remove it then strip yours so you can see whats what then when you get the new engine take what you need off the donor
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    Fire was most likely caused by the intake/injector/twinport bit I think there was a recall on them as there is a danger of them setting alight. Take the reg plate and phone Vaux see what they say about any recalls.

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