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I was wondering if any of you have ever replaced an engine on your Catera. I just bought a Catera which was involved in a "light" flood. I am not sure how light it was, but all the lights, and electronic componenets work properly (brakes, dash, cd player, windows, door locks.... etc). The problem is that the oil pan is busted and there are engine parts in the oil pan. This is probably due to the car sucking in water through the air intake. My question is how hard is it to change the engine on a Catera. The Catera that I just bought is a 2000 Sport Catera, and has 58,000 miles on it. I bought it for the price of $3,500, and I found an engine with 25,0000 miles for $900. I am not sure if thats it as far as expences go, but sure hope so. If anybody has any suggestion or has done this in the past... please help me out.
 

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Have you ever changed an engine before? Done serious mechanical work?

Get the factory service manual...not Chilton or Haynes. If you are asking this question you will probably need all the detail the factory manual gives you. It will be worth every penny. Try Ebay too.
 

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Relatively easy to do it yourself if you have right tools and done engine swap before. Takes less than 12 hours. Also the job itself is relatively inexpensive. Knowing correct people this could cost as low as 500.
 

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Oh. Almost forgot to tell you!

Make sure that hte engine is from the same year vehicle. Better yet use old wiring harness and sensors. Othervise you could run into a lot of trouble.
Catera changed sensors, wire harnesses and other components from year to year. Wire harness will have ground and power and may be some other wires swaped in places. If the harness is incorrect it could result in burning out more components. I assume i do not need to tell you about the prices of those...
 
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