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So my turbo is going, going, soon to be gone...

I have a 2003 M35 Stagea, 120xxx km's. Stock - except for some mad-as wheel nuts!

My mechanic has told me that to rebuild the turbo will be around the 2.5k mark based on the following:

  • Engine removal (as the turbo cannot be reached any other way)
  • Rebuild the turbo (as a replacement from Nissan will be too expensive)
  • Refit the new turbo
  • Replace Engine

So my question to all you fellow Stag drivers is this:

Is the price/quote correct & must the engine be removed to replace/rebuild the standard turbo?

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Lol... find a new mechanic.

Where do you live? There are people in melb and Sydney who will quite happily help you out, and combined I would have to say have removed and/or refitted/ replaced upwards of 15 turbos, at a guess.

Its not an engine out.

Hypergear along with some other companies can rebuild the turbo.

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So my turbo is going, going, soon to be gone...

I have a 2003 M35 Stagea, 120xxx km's. Stock - except for some mad-as wheel nuts!

My mechanic has told me that to rebuild the turbo will be around the 2.5k mark based on the following:

  • Engine removal (as the turbo cannot be reached any other way)
  • Rebuild the turbo (as a replacement from Nissan will be too expensive)
  • Refit the new turbo
  • Replace Engine

So my question to all you fellow Stag drivers is this:

Is the price/quote correct & must the engine be removed to replace/rebuild the standard turbo?

You don't need the engine out....makes it a little easier but there is no need! Hypergear can rebuild a turbo to your from $880 being the cheapest. I can pull it in and out for under $900. Not including oil and oil filter or any other damage parts.

I'm in NSW

Scott's the same price but in Vic I think

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Hi All,

Thanks for the feedback.. Im in VIC - South East.

The mechanic Ive used has been always reliable for my previous R32 and now my M35...

Will get in contact with Scott nm35.

Also - any ideas what causes the turbo to fail? Ive never owned a car that hasn't been turbocharged and this is the first turbo to fail... At 120xxx km's I would have thought this is a little early for failure of what I would consider a fairly major part..

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It's a replacement part at 100k km I've heard.

Your car might well have more than what's on the clock. Biggest killer is lack of oil, due to blocked oil restriction banjo. Scotty will sort you out, your in good hands

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haha scott lives in the south east.

no need for engine out.. the amount of times the thing came out of my stag was ridiculous.. we managed to get it out in an hour and a half lol

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You got to 120k? Lucky you. Mine was done at about 75K mark and was engine out job. Mechanic couldn't remove the bolts otherwise even with special tool he bought for the job. Cost an arm and a leg but has performed well since. Was reconned by an outfit in Nelson, SI. The stock unit is lightweight.

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I hope the mechanics you use are cleaning out the banjo bolt or drilling it out larger, otherwise you could have another failure down the track. There is no way a legitimate 75k turbo will have failed if the oil supply hasn't blocked somehow.

Engine out? lol. Bugger that, unless you blow a head gasket. :(

What did yours end up costing in total STAG250? I have a feeling the mechanic's quote (2.5k) above was very low for an engine out job...

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My advice is to be careful where you go...

I got ripped off hard for what I thought was an engine out high-flow rebuild, turns out they just f**ked around getting it in and out with the engine remaining in car. This all by a northern beaches franchise of a widespread automotive mechanic company recommend by my warranty company who then tried to take them for a walk (approaching $5k) and shot himself in the foot saying it was my fault it broke... I ended up forking out more than $3K, and that was after a payout of approx $1200 (1/3rd of what it should have been). I believe it was a sierra 2 rebuild, but when I asked for info on what they actually put in I got donuts! The receipt said "turbo up spec rebuild $(bullsh*t).00" Also no info if they drilled the banjo out or not...

My advice would be to shop around, needless to say I'm a rather bitter about my experience... still haven't fully recovered financially, if I could go back I wouldn't have wasted my time and money dealing with this workshop and warranty cr*p and gone straight to Jetwreck for a no BS, cheaper alternative from someone that actually knows a thing or two about this car. I'd probably know exactly what work was done and equipment went into the car too...

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