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Toyota 2zz engine - Replacement?!

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Hi

So, I replaced my 111s Elise circa 18months ago for a S2 exige Toyota lump thinking it'll be bullet proof (I've done less then 500miles in that time). It doesn't seem to be the case for me, I dropped the car off with oakmere last week and just been told that the engine needs to come out, crank would need machining,tappets......the list went on at which point I stopped listening and felt sick of the thought of the potential bill. Long story short I think I'm on the hunt for a replacement engine as this might actually be the most cost effective option for me (damage limitation at this point).

Could you kind souls please point me in the direction of any reputable lotus centres that have or maybe able to source a new, reconditioned or second hand engine with a warranty? (does such a thing exist.....sorry I don't know)

Has anyone replaced a 2zz engine like for like and how much are you talking? Is the engine in the s and non s identical, except for the supercharger? (just thinking if its not much more do I switch it up?)

I've noticed there is a big trend in switching to Honda lumps, but I'd be honest I was alittle shocked when I heard the bills are c.£12k+ (omg)

Any experience or advise would be hugely appreciated. And no im not mechanically confident to tackle such a job myself, unless you want a laugh!

I'm based in Cheshire, so thinking of giving a couple of Lotus specialist garages a call this week up north. (think PNM and Phoenix). But, wanted advise and thoughts from people that know a lot more then I.

Thanks in advance.

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You’ve just been very unlucky. Give Gav a call at Unit 4 Lotus in Burton he’ll point you in the right direction and will be your  most cost effective route.

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Gav at Unit 4 in Burton will swap the engine out for you, he's as honest as the day is long and an excellent mechanic who has been working on Elises for 20 years (10 at a Lotus dealership before going it alone)  and I bet he will be cheaper than anyone else.  He swapped out my k series when it cried enough.

As for where to source a new or good secondhand engine I don't really know. Try posting on seloc and maybe advertising on there in the wanted classifieds?  You could also try UK Lotus centre in Birmingham, they are a Lotus breakers.

Good luck!

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The same engine is  in seventh generation Celicas and some Corollas, it may help when looking for a replacement.

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Posted (edited)

Very very unlucky.

If it’s damage limitation the cheapest way your going to do this is by buying something like this

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/114251009333

 

Getting yours and that to Gavs . Swapping the engines and then either sell the celica as a going concern or to maximise your return part the celica out and sell the shell as scrap.

 

 

Edited by kieranexige

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Sorry to read of your troubles OP, the 2ZZ is generally very reliable so you've been unlucky :(

There is this on SELOC, not cheap and not in the UK but advertised as low mileage so might be of interest?

https://classifieds.seloc.org/ads/exige-elise-engine-toyota-2zz-ge-1-8l-6-speed-gearbox-clutch/

Edited by duncx

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I'd certainly give Ollie a call at Phoenix just to discuss your options too.  He does this sort of stuff and has the gear on site to machine parts. 

Worth a call if nothing else. 

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