*I am writing this to help people looking for an engine swap, or understand the concept of an engine swap*
Many, many, people told me I should of just bought a MR2 turbo to begin with, but then I ask myself how many of these previous owners actually took care of their turbo? Did they change their oil on time 2,500-2,700, clean their pipes, or even use 91 octane gas? I don't want a bullshit car, so I bought my 1992 Toyota MR2 N/A and decided to do a full complete swap with a clip.
So, here I am in San Jose, CA looking for a engine swap. I went to about four shops and got quotes for the Gen 2 3S-GTE engine swap. The price's are so fucking expensive and amazing. The owner of the shop told me that the demand for MR2's are higher now then ever, so the demand for engines are up. I agree with him 100%. If you go on www.craigslist.org, www.autotrader.com
(assumming that you live in CA), you will see a decent 1991-3 Toyota MR2 with 100K+ for 7G-10g. So here I am being told for the labor and the whole clip it would cost about 3800-4600 for a Gen 2 swap. All four shops, and all the same prices. I am still going to put money in for the swap, even if it cost this much. I love my car, and that's all that matters.
If you are going to do a swap, please make sure you find the right shop that fits you. Keep in mind that every wire counts, every nut & bolts count, every pipe counts, every tubes count, and everything counts. One of the shops I was quoted $3600 for a Gen 2 Engine Swap W/LABOR was at a shop called Venus Auto ( http://venus-auto.com/inventory/toyota/engine.htm
I heard they have bad engines through shops. I just want you to be awared of that.
Also if any of you MR2 drivers have a 3S-GTE, please list down the shop address, number, and price so I can also get a quote. (NORCAL, CA). It would not only help me, but help others.
I don't know if this information would help anyone or me, but it's better trying then not trying.