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Looking for a ballpark idea of what it would cost to rebuild 2013 CTSV, LSA motor? According to my mechanic, cylinder #6 is bad and I am being quoted $10,000 for a rebuild. Is this ridiculous?
 

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For 10k you can get a new short block from Thompson that will be way better then the lsa ever will
 

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For 10k you can get a new short block from Thompson that will be way better then the lsa ever will
Yeah, it doesn't seem right....

I just spent huge money getting the car back to a good place only to be called from my mechanic/tuner to tell me, after trying to tune the car on the dyno, the motor needs to be rebuilt. Cylinder #6 has little compression. WTF

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It very well could be an accurate number, I honestly don’t know. I’m just saying if it is I’d just scrap the lsa and buy a short block from Thompson and then carry over your useable parts
 
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I officially regret buying the fucking car.
I get it, always a crap shoot when you buy a used car. Sort of a double edge sword buying a car that’s heavily modded, in one case your sort of saving the cost of doing all the work but on the other hand you have to wonder how the car was treated by the previous owners who did all the go fast stuff. When I was looking I specifically wanted one with next to nothing done to it. I had an airraid and an axel back exhaust ant that was it. Basically a blank page for me to do what I want knowing how I will be using the car. You could probably sell the lsa off to offset some money…. But I don’t see you having many options, you can’t really sell a car with a bad motor. Hope everything works out for ya man, we need the v’s around here in RI
 

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So the car was running fine and you opted for a dyno tune and now it needs a rebuild???
 
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I don't know a lot about this company, but their prices look competitive. At a quote of 10k, I would buy a built short block for less and sell your engine as is to recoup the loss or I would shop around for a better quote. Don't let these dam shops rob you!


 

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So the car was running fine and you opted for a dyno tune and now it needs a rebuild???
Car was running but not optimally. Brought it to a reputable shop to go through the car and get it squared away and made reliable. After an evaluation of what was needed, I proceeded with all the recommendations.

The car was on the dyno to be tuned when it became apparent compression was bad in one of the cylinders. I cant understand why the compression issue wasnt recognized earlier?
 

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As a heads up....Cal Hartline is selling a max effort turbo build for less than the cost of parts.
 

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Are they quoting you 10k removed, rebuilt, and reinstalled?
Probably. It's probably $2k in machine work, $1000 in parts and reusing the crank, heads, block, probably even the pistons and rods - and just replace bearings, rings and pins. The remaining $7k is labor.

Since they haven't pulled it apart yet, they're going to ASSUME the rods and pistons are all still good - at least that's my guess.
 

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Probably. It's probably $2k in machine work, $1000 in parts and reusing the crank, heads, block, probably even the pistons and rods - and just replace bearings, rings and pins. The remaining $7k is labor.

Since they haven't pulled it apart yet, they're going to ASSUME the rods and pistons are all still good - at least that's my guess.
You are correct in your assumption as well as your cost breakdown.

You are correct in your assumption as well as your cost breakdown.
I would be pleasantly surprised if the cost of parts was in the $1000 range. In for a penny...in for a pound.
 

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It’s a tough pill to swallow, but these were fairly expensive cars when they came out and even though they are 10ish yrs old they are still expensive to work on. My nephew decided he wanted to go out and buy an 04-5 ml300 or something Mercedes for 2k only to find out that it needed a bunch of work to the tune of 6 grand, 3500 or so in parts. Just a perspective though
 
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I'm not saying that is what it takes, I'm just saying $7000 would be a little over 46 hours at $150. If they spend a day pulling it, a day tearing it apart, running parts to the machine shop, picking it up from the machine shop, putting the engine together, and then putting the whole car back together, how many hours could that be?
 
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