Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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Re: engine hours
If the engine starts OK (especially when cold) and runs well (no excessive smoke, oil consumption low, no leaks of coolant or oil) then it's probably fine.
More important to me is how the engine physically looks. Is it clean and the block painted and dry? It is a dirty, grease and grime filled lump? Is the oil pan sitting in water? Is the case corroded and leaking? Can you tell by looking if accessories like the water water pump, fresh water pump, injectors, etc. have ever been replaced?
Personally, I would prefer clean 4000 hour engine that runs well and comes with maintenance records over a 1000 hour engine that is dirty and has no maintenance records. IMHO corrosion and lack of maintenance kills more engines than operating time.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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