Quad 4 rebuild or junk it?

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  1. FatnLow

    FatnLow Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    A little background, 3rd vehicle for my son. First I picked 83 Accord. I kick my own a$$ for buying that one. 94 Intrepid ate water like a bitch. He blew it up. 3rd 89 Grand Am SE quad 4 auto. A good friend put a "rebuilt motor and trans" in it for his daughter and she didn't want it. It has sat since '03. I changed out tank, fuel pump and sending unit $200. We changed all fluid and filters it started right up. It sounded great. I drove a couple times checking brakes suspension etc and a-ok. Saturday morning I get a call and it died on interstate. I went and picked it up and the motor is locked up. Fluids look ok so I've seen posts of crappy oil system but I don't know. Is it worth rebuilding one of these? I'm leaning towards selling it to pull-a-part and start over again. The money I've spent already I could have bought a nonfixer upper.
     
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    I'm in the same boat. 1998 Z24 cavalier, with the quad 4. It was my sisters. She gave it to me for the kids to use. 98K miles on it. After 6 months or so - it started "loosing water". Nursed it for 3 or 4 months, fixed a couple apparent problems.

    Long story short. It's blown a head gasket. Now since I fixed all the other leaks, it'll pressurize the cooling system and blow all the water into the overflow tank.

    I can still fire it up with a blip of the key, but now it's smoking and rattling. So it's a gonner.

    I'm either going to attempt to sell it for $750 blown up.
    or I'm just going to scrap it. Too bad, it's a nice car other than the blown up engine. (other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?)

    I don't have the time to put into it, nor do I want to invest any $ in something. From what I hear and seen, the quad 4 isn't the cheapest thing to deal with.
     
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    Quad 4's are notorious for having all sorts of problems.

    Imo try and find your son a new vehicle with a more reliable power train. I mean 90's intrepids were known for all sorts of issues and so are quad 4's your starting out with a bad power train to begin with on them. Try and find something with a 3800 or something similar that has an engine that is known for its durability.
     
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    Them Quad4s are expensive to rebuild. They are also expensive and hard to find used, Because they have so many problems.


    IMO, I would just scrape it and put the money towards another car.

    Stay away from the chrysler products, They have to many problems to list.

    Look for a vehicle that is cheap to repair, Has good junkyard/pullapart support, and manual trans. Autos are alot more to fix than a clutch.

    Mike, Call me if you need me. We've been dumpping some good repos very very cheap.
     
  5. FatnLow

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    I hear ya on the rebuild of the quad 4. I thought the Intrepids with the big 6 was a good car but it is all up to how it was cared for. He is back to driving my 86 Accord. He doesn't like it due to 5 speed and flip up lights. But at this point maybe the Lord just wants him to drive it. There must be a reason. I don't know. My checkbook is closed due to low funds now so in any event it will sit. Heck I don't even have the title back from getting plates and registration. I sure miss my 30 mpg Accord vs 16-18 in my 2005 Silverado. Thanks for feedback.
     
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    ^+1

    3800 engines didn't qualify for the "Cash for Clunkers" list so there are still a bunch of them around.
     

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