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Value of a Used Yanmar?

I'm considering rebuilding or replacing my current Yanmar 4JHTE. The motor currently has 5,000 hours. Is it worth anything? Where would be the best place to sell it? Ebay?
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You must have some insight to the value by knowing its condition. I have a Yanmar 4JH3E with 4,700 hrs. that is functioning very well and I have no intention of replacing it soon. So, what's wrong with your Yanmar? -or do you just think that the #of hrs. is a problem?
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I bought a nice, clean 4JH2E off of Ebay for $3500. Has 2500 hrs on it. Saw another one, the turbo version, I think, go on Ebay for $3700. New ones are $12-14000. Hope this helps
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Captainforce- I plan on leaving for a circumnavigation in a year, and don't want to have to deal with replacing the motor in the middle of nowhere. I am the new owner of the boat, but the previous owner took very good care of it. It's a shame to replace a perfectly good engine- but I'm likely to put another 5,000 hrs on the engine in the next 5 years.
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If that engine has been, and in the future is well taken care of, it should do 10,000 hours with little problem. Not sure, but I don't see how you are going to put 5,000 hours on it anyway, on a circumnavigation. After all, it is a sail boat.
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My choice would be with Flatracker's advice. For me, care and maintenance with sound existing devices trumps the cautionary replacement with new. I don't think you would end up with a real security or safety that matches the cost. Besides, if you hold back the expense, you would have the repair cost within your cruising kitty and rebuildt Yanmars are worldwide. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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I have already pulled the engine and its sitting in my garage. Should I just clean it up, paint it, and reinstall it? Take it to a mechanic to check out the internals?
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I would just do a compression check, make sure the oil pressure is good, and possibly replace the heat exchanger. Or at least check it out and make sure is isn't clogged or leaking. There is not reason that this motor should not give you close to 10,000 hours of service if it is well taken care of. The major thing for me would be to make sure it doesn't get hot, ( heat exchanger) and the compression is fine. Would recommend that instead of replacing it, you get spare parts and if you don't know, learn how to install them. Have at least two spare raw water impellers on board, a spare fresh water pump, at least one of every belt and hose. An alternator would be on my must have list also, and probably a spare starter. Of course a fist full of fuel filters, enough oil and oil filters to do several oil changes, and a pump to change it with. I'm sure you will get some other suggestions, but that would be my absolute minimum amount of extra stuff.
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