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Old 10-24-04, 12:57 AM
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Flood damaged cars - ever got one? How much for engine replacement?

Saw a site selling flood damaged cars. They all claim to be cleaned professionally, no mold etc, but engine won't start. I was curious as to how much it would cost to replace an engine on a new car like a BMW or Merc, or if a flood damaged car (fresh water) was repairable.
Old 10-24-04, 01:09 AM
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3-7K, maybe more if its a BMW or Mercedes. Its probably the cost of the engine + $2000 labor assuming everything works ok. I'd worry about damaged sensors and non-stop CEL lights.
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engine replacement varies widely, but with more expensive cars, the replacement costs go up. i think it's around 4k for a vw 1.8t engine. also, don't forget the electronics are probably shot. ecu would be close to a grand. tcu and ccm are pretty costly also. it might work out better if you buy a totalled car that was rear ended, so you can pull all the engine and other electronics off it. otherwise, you could use a scan tool to scan all the modules to verify they're ok.

personally speaking though, i wouldn't buy a car with flood damage, as there are so many things that could go wrong, and european cars suck at electronics to begin with.
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btw, not all the cars on the site were flood damaged, some were stolen and recovered, but with the engine not working.
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it's really hard to say what the problem could be. replacing the engine alone might not get the car up and running.
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some very good points - all of which have put me off buying anything from that site. Thanks for the enlighenment guys and gals
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Re: Flood damaged cars - ever got one? How much for engine replacement?

Originally posted by PresidentGringo
Saw a site selling flood damaged cars. They all claim to be cleaned professionally, no mold etc, but engine won't start. I was curious as to how much it would cost to replace an engine on a new car like a BMW or Merc, or if a flood damaged car (fresh water) was repairable.
I'd be afraid to know, considering I just found it it costs $500+ to replace the spare tire on my Benz and $300+ per tire to replace a regular tire (edit: the tire had 1500 miles on a NEW car)
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matta: was the price just to replace the tire? or the rim and tire?
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Re: Re: Flood damaged cars - ever got one? How much for engine replacement?

Originally posted by matta
I'd be afraid to know, considering I just found it it costs $500+ to replace the spare tire on my Benz and $300+ per tire to replace a regular tire (edit: the tire had 1500 miles on a NEW car)
is that a dealer price? go to costco or some other place. tires are tires
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Originally posted by D.Pham00
matta: was the price just to replace the tire? or the rim and tire?
Just the tire. And I did double check with Walmart. Walmart was $20 cheaper, but had a 3 day delivery.
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Re: Re: Re: Flood damaged cars - ever got one? How much for engine replacement?

Originally posted by al_bundy
is that a dealer price? go to costco or some other place. tires are tires
Nope. That wasn't even at a dealer
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what site was it ?
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Flood damage to an expensive car...is still going to be expensive.
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Originally posted by matta
Just the tire. And I did double check with Walmart. Walmart was $20 cheaper, but had a 3 day delivery.
$500 to replace JUST the tire? damn...you can get 4 pretty good tires (depending on the size of course) for that price.
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Originally posted by D.Pham00
$500 to replace JUST the tire? damn...you can get 4 pretty good tires (depending on the size of course) for that price.
depends on the car and size of tire. Some are not common sizes. My BMW tires cost $250 each from a discount tire place.
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well, i don't know the exact car matta has, but i checked on tirerack, and there are plenty of decent tires for the c320 and 5-series for under $100.
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Originally posted by D.Pham00
well, i don't know the exact car matta has, but i checked on tirerack, and there are plenty of decent tires for the c320 and 5-series for under $100.
Not the spare. Mercedes and Porche use special spares. They are real tiny, then blow up using a compressor supplied in the car. The guy at the Goodyear shop that eventually put on the new tire thought he broke it when it deflated and it folded back into shape(that's how rare they are -- but then again he did seem sorta new).

My car has Z-rated 17" ultra-low profile tires with run-flat inserts. That's why the regular ones are so expensive.
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i'm running w-rated (higher than z) 18" with low profile tires (less sidewall than a stock sl55), and they don't cost nearly as much. guess it must be that runflat thing.
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Originally posted by PresidentGringo
depends on the car and size of tire. Some are not common sizes. My BMW tires cost $250 each from a discount tire place.
I stand corrected - according to my wife, my 4 tires were something in the reigon of $1600

Just checked and they are 225/45 ZR 17
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225/45ZR17 is a fairly common size. if it's just a standard tire (w/o rim), it really shouldn't cost that much. i checked with tirerack, and even hoosiers (competition tires) only cost around $200 a piece.

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