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As others would know, my 5L from my LN147R has died. I'm open to an alternative mech injected motor from another manufacturer.

It need only be 60-90KW output max. Smaller versions must be able to take a turbo. I'm hopefull of something common, japanese/metric and with good reputation that can still be found with 250,000km left in them.

VW/Volvo/BMW/Mecedes are just too expensive for long term support.

Renault are possible?

British motors are unable to cope with our heat IME, and are perversley & miserly built.

US motors are usually too big/thirsty.

Exchange rates do not auger well for most of the above for the forseeable future.

I'm unaware of any Korean or Indian qualifiers.

Chinese and Eastern Europe/Russian manufacture is at best suspect, from their efforts at building/copying motorcycles.

Mitsubishi aren't worth the trouble,

Nissan and Mazda seem reasonable-but are rarely available.

Isuzu are definitely too rare, with the long term support problems that go with that.

Toyota tend to be expensive, but they do the job well enough. The possibles are getting old.

Can anyone add to my list of possibles with make model year, pls?

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So far from what you have written nothing is going to be good enough...

If you stick a different engine in there you then have to spend the money to make it fit and work as well as engineering which adds up in cost...

yes Toyota would be a bit more expensive but getting the same engine it will fit right in with no hassle.

What is your budget?

As you are only after something with low power I'm guessing you don't want to spend that much on it.. I think that you will be best off getting the same engine or depending on how bad your one is get it rebuilt.

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I am an hardcase, set in my opinions. Yes, I recognise I'm requiring a lot and that perhaps I should just fix the 5L. After all, if the head is ok, then a regrind, brgs, a rod and a full set of rings will prob do the job. I realize that is a relatively cheap repair, even if it's a tall order on my budget. I just thought it worth the question before I borrow or spend up, as a better solution now is going to be a better vehicle for the next 10 yrs. I have no reason not to test the waters at this point, even if the alternative is an overspend. Thanks, BTW.

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