I am in the process of selling my 4th gen. A potential buyer is talking with a local dealership as part of his research. Good on him I understand and fully endorse this as he plans on keeping it for 5 years and this is only prudent. My question is that the dealership told him that if anything major engine wise did need to be done it would be more expensive because they either have to take the body off or take the engine out from the bottom of the vehicle because it is so far pushed back. Is this true? I am not very trusting and while I do not know if the dealership is bad or not I am leery that if they are saying this and it is wrong what else may they say just to drum up some business from the new owner as well as reduce the overall price of the car. Am I just being over picky?
I would agree with el ess X, as the normal preferred method of taking that engine out, is from the bottom. Which means, the cross member and suspension has to come out as well.... I may not be impossible to take it out from the front, but it would be extremely difficult, and more time consuming......
OK thanks, great info. I had just never heard of this before and I have never had any major mechanical work done so this is good to know. Now just have to see what comes up from the dealer when they give it a once over for the potential new buyer.
I know this is older, but the engine can be pulle out the top with the trans attached. i have done it multiple times. its just easier if you have a second person to guide it so it doesnt hit the overhang as its coming out. I found it much easier to pull through the top less things to unhook and worry about.