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    Default General price range for a Turbo engine?! L28eT?

    Hey guys... I did do a search but not much help...

    what is a good price for a 1982 Turbo engine from a 280ZXT with 96,000 miles and a rebuilt turbo? I have been able to find one, but I wan unsure of the price... this is for EVERYTHING for the install including the ECU and the harness'es etc.
    The engine I have found he wants $630

    I have seen sites with write-ups and previous installations where they bought a good engine for $200 - $300 miles.... but I am not sure...

    I also tried eBay and the classifieds to get an idea.. but I was just curious

    BTW I know this is more a classic Z car and classic engine site.. but I really love turbo's and are soo easy to add power... help!

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    I paid $500.00 for a 82ZX non turbo complete with headers and alternater , no dist. It has a aftermarket cam and headwork and 35,000 miles on the rebuild. I dident want the injection and gave it away as well as the cluch and pressure plate to a local Z driver. This was about a year ago . I dont know what a turbo is worth but if it is good and the engine is sound , it sounds about right. Did you look at the oil on the dip stick to see if it was tar or clean were you able to hear it run or take a compression check ?

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    He said the compression was 90 psi on all cylinders.... isn't that really LOW for a turbo engine? I thought it was supposed to be between 130-150 ish right?

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    Isn't the compression ratio on a L28ET 7.38-1? I would think that would make the compression lower than the standard 130-150.
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    I am not a turbo guy , but I know that they do have low compression , if they are all consistant that is a big plus . At 130 with a turbo ? I think that would be way too high. I deferr to the turbo drivers on this one . All being the same is a vary good sign .

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    I have bought several low to medium mileage turbo engines.
    I have paid from $271 for a complete car to 251 for just the engine with both manifolds, injectors, distributor, but no Alt, Starter, or turbo-check car-parts.com .

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