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Hi all,

I got a quick question. I'm thinking about buying a 2005 ford escape with a dead 2.3L engine. Unfortunately when I searched for junk yard engines, 2.3L used for the escape is very rare and expensive. So I'm wondering about intervehicle exchangeability.

1st: Will ford's OTHER 2.3L engines (like Mazda 3 or fusion) fit? Because of I have the old engine, I can swap the intake and sensors if need be. I don't want to swap the heads if I don't have to. But the engine mount and block are the main concerns.

2nd: How easy or hard will it be to swap a 3.0L in there? These are CHEAP and everywhere! I can probably get a fairly complete engine from a yard. It doesn't seem like the transmission is different between the two types. What I'm worried about is the exhaust and such. If too much work has to be done, then it is not worth it.

Thank in advance for any insights!

Yiran
 

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There is a reason it is for sale. My guess is that it isn't easy, or inexpensive to put back into service.
 

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I don't know about the engine block and mounts, but I do know that the PCM and a good chunk of the wiring harness is different for the 3.0L V6.

I can give you wiring diagrams if you decide to upgrade to the 3.0, but you'll probably need a lot of new parts.

Also (and this is important), don't buy parts from a 2001-2004 Escape if you buy this 2005 Escape. Ford changed a large number of parts of the front end of the 2005-2007 models, even though they look the same as the 2001-2004 models. This includes engine mounts, suspension parts, and much of the front structure.
 

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In other words, unless it is "free", and you have an endless amount of spare time and $, it would probably be better to buy a functional model. The resale isn't that great on them. It would be a fun project if a person had the time and know-how.
 

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That's buying a pig in a poke! Price is right, but where oh where did it come from?
 

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"Engines direct" is the ford supplier for rebuilds and they are the first to have rebulds in stock.

The duratec is famous for having different mount and accessory holes for different car models even though the internals are the same.
 

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It's an admirable aspiration to rescue an Escape from the throes of death, but it will be much easier on you all the way around to steer clear. Unless you have a fair amount of spare cash, and a fair amount of free time and knowledge, I'd say go to pretty much any (reputable) used car lot. The odds are good you'll find a decent model at a decent price, and save yourself a lot of time, money, and effort.
 
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