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Can someone who owns a Jasper Engine let me know how satisfied you are with it or your dissatisfactions. I am contemplating buying a 302 from them within the next 3 weeks. The price is a little more than other re-builders but I want to buy an engine that will last 100,000 miles with proper maintenance. This is a daily driver to and from work (F150), transmission was rebuilt 11 months ago. I really haven't heard any real negatives about the Jasper Engines but would like to hear from the ones that actually own them and their experiences. Thanks

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I worked at a reguler mechaincs shop for a while and at the owners request (and against our advice) they installed Jasper engines a few times. they're usually crap. I WOULD NEVER USE A JASPER ENGINE. With the time and money required to install an engine you may as well use a good product to start with- either a good crate or an engine rebuilt yourself so you know its done right.
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I concur with ap72. Jasper (and other production remanufactured engines) are pretty dicey when it comes to quality.

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we have installed several jasper running completes, diesel and gas, many transmissions with very few problems. also the 3 year 75000 mile warranty is pretty good. They lways promptly paid any claims we had. whitch as I said were very few.Now this is assuming stock replacement engine, no experience with performance engines from them.
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We install Jasper engines all the time $30,000 worth this year alone. We have very little problem with them. Now they are not perfect, and when you do have a problem their warranty can't be beat. A lot of the problems has to do with the install. We do a lot of Jaspers warranty work from other companys and see a lot of crappy installs. Bad carbs, bad distributors, warped intakes, just to name a few. Yes I would buy a Jasper and not think twice.
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We put a Jasper in my son's '91 Jeep. Runs great, no problems...Are you looking at a "rebuilt" or "re-manufactured" engine? The rebuilt will be cheaper because any parts that are still within tolerances are re-used, whereas the re-manufactured engine basically uses new internals. At least this is what was explained to me when we got the Jasper...We got the re-manufactured one.

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I own a repair shop and have installed many Jasper engines and trans, and just about everyone has had a problem. I replace a trans 5 times in a Chrysler mini van. (All valve body problems) I would get a local guy to rebuild what you have. IMHO the big names are not worth the extra price.

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Re: Jasper engines

Our shop installs Jasper engines (both gas and diesel) and trannies and find them to be excellent products. Price is ever a determining factor for us, only the wait. That said, I think a "good" loacal engine rebuilder will do you a good job, IF you don't ask for their CHEAPEST rebuild. What I do like about Jasper is they will pay our labor if we do have a problem and not just replace the parts.
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What I do like about Jasper is they will pay our labor if we do have a problem and not just replace the parts.
All the warranty that I have done for Jasper, they have never, I will say it again, NEVER paid my full shop labor rate. They are 30+ dollars under the labor rate. And fluids don't even get me started...

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Maybe your shop rates are HIGH enough!!
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Re: Jasper engines

Our shop is a "closed" shop and only do work on our vechicles and those of employees.
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Our rates do not have to keep an independent shops doors open so our rates are lower than your average shop.
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While some have had good "luck" with Jasper (and other remanufacurers), there are far too many that have had problems. They have a much higher failure rate than what they will ever admit to and, as 1931 steve has alluded to, the "warranty" coverage has it's problems. While it's nice to have a warranty, the idea is to not have to rely on it. With a remanufactured engine, the chances are too great that you will need it.

Also, from a machinist standpoint, the things that I have seen in their heads and blocks are not the type of things I would do to my customers' engines.

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Re: Jasper engines

I agree with Tom. While we have had "great" luck with Jasper, I always prefer local machine shops and their premium builds. We are on "corporate accounts" and buy if they are available in our time frame. If not we can shop locally.
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i've seen the video tours and televised tours of JASPERS and TCI and was more impressed with JASPERS both times and yet TCI seems to get a pretty good rep..still,if it was my money i think its hard to beat GM,FORD or MOPAR,for crate or rebuilt motors.the fewer hands that touch it the better.
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