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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:46 am 
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I have a 99 Metro and have done alot of mechanical work to the car i.e

Lower control arms - both sides
Inner tie Rods - both sides
Front Struts and mounts - both sides
Rear Struts and mounts - both sides
front axles - both sides
wheel bearings front - both sides

info for the car is
Model Year 1999
Make Chevrolet
Model Metro
Trim Level LSi
Body Type 2 Door Hatchback
Manufacturer Cami Automotive Inc.
Production Seq. Number 722698
Engine Type L4, 1.3L
Fuel Type Gasoline
Engine Code 2
Drive Line Type FWD
Vehicle Type Passenger Car
Vehicle Class Small Car
Restraint System Dual Air Bag; Manual Belts
Country CANADA
Assy. Plant CAMI Automotive Inc., Ingersoll, Ontario
Check Digit 4

the engine smokes when you start it so i am assuming that the valve seals are toast and the water pump bearing is gone so it needs a new water pump and timing belt and the thing sounds like a diesel so instead of putting money into this engine i was thinking it might be better to just swap out engines for another one.

I have a 92 swift with the 1.3 l 4 cyl engine, has higher milage but it is a strong engine, doesn't leak oil has a new water pump and timing belt in it already and a new alternator on it.

How much work would it be to swap these engines over ? is this a doable swap or did they move the engine mounts or something else retarded ?

Thanks for the help


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:57 am 
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ECU, wiring harness and engine for a total swap. The back engine mount is slightly different IIRC. Doable but a PITA. IMO Rebuild time!

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:46 pm 
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your 99 model will have the sohc 16v g13 with obdII controls, multiport fuel injection, and distributorless ignition. in my opinion, it's a superior engine to the 92's 8 valve throttle body injected mill.

the newer car has a crankshaft mounted ignition trigger wheel and variable reluctance pick up which provides the timing count for the improved control electronics. the older engine runs a typical distributor and obdI (stupid) control electronics.

i'm in line with paul, rebuild the engine in the 99 and don't be inclined to bastardize the car with the older 8 valve engine and electronics. swapping the older stuff into the car will make it slower, less dependable, and it won't be as fuel efficient. it will also kill any resale value it may have.

my 2 cents.

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Diagnose and repair the engine in your car. I agree with the rest.

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