List of confirmed legit Engine/Transmission sellers ebay/online
After seeing multiple people online, and on ebay getting screwed buying v6's, A/T's, or M/T's getting the bait & switch. (i.e. 3vz-fe to 4vz-fe, 88-91 A540-E to 92-93 A540-E & 94-96 A541-E's, and buying E153 M/T's for a 3vz-fe+ only to get an E152 M/T from a 2vz-fe.)
The time has come to find legit sellers, and boycott anyone that won't do otherwise. I've been in contact with *every* active seller on ebay over the last week.
Some are pricks, some are whatever - we don't care, and a few are informed, and helpful.
The tops for me to deal with so far, for being outstanding to work with, and quick to act of things I have asked them to do are:
CNS Motors on ebay. (Andy Lee - 626-452-1153) (Sells US spec engines) (Tops of everyone. Email reply in hours WITH 100% new, specific pictures across the board.)
tomsforeignautoparts on ebay / Toms4n.com (Dan) (Sells US spec engines) (Another person that was good to deal with)
Other reputable sellers would be:
ask4crash on ebay (Jamie) (Import engines) (Admits to selling vz-fe's to 2vz-fe owners, but seems to be polite, and will offer a refund to anyone that his importer sends an unspecified engine too. Says they've never sent, nor seen a 4vz-fe.)
FYI, 2vz-fe to vz-fe swap has been extremely common over the years. Unlike the 3vz-fe 4vz-fe fiascoes of the last year, or two.
Not up to par (i.e. people I wouldn't personally plunk down hundreds of dollars to) are:
motorworks111 on ebay (Major attitude problem/not helpful in the least)
ALL v6 dealers have been informed that they need clear pictures of the engines they are selling. Specifically, they need to include pictures of the block casting, and the "cc-displacement" label on the intake manifold.
These are "compliant" pictures, sent by CNS Motors for our example purposes:
Everyone is free to do what they want, but this really is for the good of the entire community (Not just this site...).
Anyone not showing similar pics for *all* Toyota v6's for sale... Don't buy them, and feel free to tell them why you're not buying from them!
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What is an MR2?
hrmm im goign to look into these other engines :P wonder if i can get the block of some of them...
don't forget to add KTAUTO2U to the DO NOT BUY list....
thanks for doing this toysrme, I was in the process of doing the same... but you beat me to it!!
this should help tremendously for future v6 purchases.
Dreaming of apexes
For the ones that are "Do not buy" can we get a little detail on why not? Will make decision making easier.
all of the info you need for KTAUTO2U is in my post "v-6 reccomendations" I don't want to clutter the sticky
ME out of training :)
Ron, MR2Swift, at Motors Unlimited in CA. I had a very good experience. The price was a little high, but i recieved an excellent engine.
3VZGTE..NEMESIS IS COMING
Just got my 3vzfe from www.tigerjapanese.com, also a verified ebay seller. I bought it directly from their website because I missed out on an auction (no cashola) Very Very nice, located in Canada, sent me a 25000 mile 3vzfe in about 5 days from Canada to Texas, I highly recommend them for all your jap engine needs, they have cheap 4ag's and 3sgtes as well. My 3vz was under 800 shipped to the door via UPS with tracking.
91t and staying that way
I too just recieved my 3vzfe from tigerjapanese the website. So far i am very pleased. I have not installed yet but quality looks very good so far! would definitely recommend, great prices!
Nagasaki Motors: I got a great deal on a clean engine + tranny + uncut harness 3sgte. Great success!
I have had very good dealings with Japan Engine Inc. San Leandro CA. 866-532-7878. I have bought over 20 eng's and tran's from them and have had only one bad unit. They immediatly shipped out a replacement...Curt
Wouldn't really recommend them. The shipping was very fast, but the motor was covered in saw dust (seriously I've torn it down and cleaned everything and I'm still finding it. They cut some things that did NOT need to be cut, namely an O2 sensor wire and the Knock sensor wire. Both of those have metal shielding around them that make splicing in to the wires very difficult. Not cool. Price was average, I paid 750 shipped, it was a JDM motor but came via Canada.