The 2.5L VW Engine was first put in the Jetta in 2005. While proven reliable, there are some owners who need a replacement engine and cannot afford the $7135 dealer price tag for a replacement. Likewise, the 3.4L Toyota Tacoma Engine was originally used in 1994 and was used in varying forms until 2004. The $11,837 dealer price tag for a new Toyota Tacoma Engine is also out of the price range of most customers and common sense. Buying your replacement motor used makes more sense. We’ll explore the best way to find a good replacement at a fraction of the cost.
When you’re trying to buy a good product used, you have a few options. You can buy local, or you can buy from a national company.
The advantage to buying local is that if there is a problem, you can address the company directly, but the disadvantage to this is that you can only buy what they have. There are only so many vehicles wrecked in a local market that will match your vehicle. Think about the limited chance the VW engine you need will be available at your local salvage yard. If it is available, think about the even smaller chances that it will have low miles on it. The same holds true when you’re looking for a Toyota Tacoma engine.
The advantage to buying your Toyota Tacoma engine from a national company is that they will have a much better supply base to draw from. They won’t have just one Toyota Tacoma engine, but dozens. This increases the chances that you’ll get a replacement with low wear. The disadvantage in buying from a national company is that you will have to wait for the engine to ship to you. In the grand scheme of things, it is better to have patience and wait for the small amount of time required ship a good VW engine.
So what should you as a consumer watch out for when looking for a VW Engine or a Toyota Tacoma engine?
The first thing you should watch out for are prices that are too good to be true. There are a lot of fly by night companies who will come on the scene, quote ridiculously low prices, and then go out of business. These are the companies that will tell you you’re getting an 80,000 mile motor and instead sell you a pressure cleaned 160,000 mile engine. If the prices are too good to be true, you don’t have to discard the company immediately, but you want to see how long they’ve been in business and what their standing is with the Better Business Bureau. You also want to know why they’ve priced the engine the way they did. Have they had it a long time? Does it need a lot of swaps?