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Join Date: Aug 2004
My Ride: 1992 Dodge Daytona
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Re: 2.7 tiburon motor.
I recall back when I bought my Sonata with a bad 4 cyl engine, I researched the possibility of stuffing in a 2.7L in place of it, and I found the engines to be really cheap in price--about $300 for low mileage ones and plenty of them out there. Almost anytime you have low mileage $300 engines, they're usually pretty well engineered and don't have problems. I could easily buy an engine and transmission for quite a bit less than just the Hyundai / Kia 2.4L. Their 4 cylinders are also Mitsubishi engines, but their issue is snapping timing belts, which probably isn't much of a problem as long as you change them every 60,000 miles like the owners' manual says to.
And... on those pictures above, that isn't an aluminum block, is it? It looks like it. A 6G7x with an aluminum block?
I still think that it would be much cooler to go with the 3.8L MIVEC engine. It is almost another 100 horsepower over the Tiburon engine with over 1 liter more displacement and about the same amount of work to get it to happen. Downside is the cost of the 3.8 MIVEC.
And with the Chrysler 2.7L making over 30 horsepower more with the same displacement... it makes you wonder.