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I think so mate, SABRE said they cant help! - I spoke again with my local local guy who has his own garage (not the one who didn't fancy taking the job on recently), he said don't sell it for £4k - keep it and when he gets some more time, even on weekends in June / July, a few months from now, he will take the 'head off' and see what the damage is. I can then assess whether we are looking at potential rebuild and save the engine or buy a recon engine. God knows if that is the right thing to do!
yeah keep it and save up for a forged engine to drop straight in 🥰
 

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How times and people's ability have changed. In the 70's and 80's we swapped engines for fun and ripped heads off regularly. Most home enthusiasts could do it easily. What has the average man's abilities come to when even a garage doesn',t want to pull the head off. It's a couple of hours work absolute max. Then it will be obvious what is wrong with it. This engine is a 20 years old Mazda engine, nothing new about it. Why not give the guy on YouTube a call, good chance he would do it for you as content for his channel. He has done loads of the 1.8 and the 2.0 versions in Mondeo's. Alan Howatt, worth a try. Loads of places around here in North East wouldn't hesitate to do it. I wouldn't think of modifying it, there's nothing wrong with the standard engine. 100,000s have been made over 20 years + with I bet 99% plus of those trouble free over 100,000 miles.
 

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I think so mate, SABRE said they cant help! - I spoke again with my local local guy who has his own garage (not the one who didn't fancy taking the job on recently), he said don't sell it for £4k - keep it and when he gets some more time, even on weekends in June / July, a few months from now, he will take the 'head off' and see what the damage is. I can then assess whether we are looking at potential rebuild and save the engine or buy a recon engine. God knows if that is the right thing to do!
I appreciate you've got a local guy, and although not close (approx. 1.5 hrs / 90 miles away in Barnstaple) Barum Engines Ltd are experienced and come well recommended (and they're not overly expensive). There's lots of content on YouTube if you want to check out his set up and see him in action.


 

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I appreciate you've got a local guy, and although not close (approx. 1.5 hrs / 90 miles away in Barnstaple) Barum Engines Ltd are experienced and come well recommended (and they're not overly expensive). There's lots of content on YouTube if you want to check out his set up and see him in action.


Good idea fella... I am so glad I posted on here... Lots of support and great advice..... Bit different to the Z4 forum (my Sunday toy)...
 

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If its only that far away and your car is not your daily i would wait the time, it could be a quick fix or a new engine job, for me i would wait and 4k does seem low even how it is now.
It was my daily until it died.... Had to buy an emergency vehicle for family travels and picked up a Veloster.... Slow but funky.... Its getting us around for now and filling a gap.
 

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It was my daily until it died.... Had to buy an emergency vehicle for family travels and picked up a Veloster.... Slow but funky.... Its getting us around for now and filling a gap.
If you trust your local guy then i'll stick with him unless lc above gets you in sooner, no point rushing if you've got a car already going.
 

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I was going to suggest AJ motorsport but they're in Essex. They do look very good though and are ST specialists. I think they have 2.0 engines in stock either used or from Ford.
I was told by pumaspeed that many have mk3 engines in st/rs and bottoms give way so its good to have stock for a easy job.
 
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