Originally Posted by chipset
Pretty much so insane. If the manual says it comes out the bottom it comes out the bottom. Look very closely at the top. If you have clearence from the shock towers it might come out the top. The rad support is the entire front end of the car bumper and all. You will need about 4 feet of clearance to get the motor and trans out from the bottom. If your swapping an engine you had better have the computer that belongs to the new engine. It had better be a computer from a wagon and not a sedan. They are not the same.
Good info on the wagon vs. sedan thing. Thanks for that. Although I'm not a stranger to EFI, this is not the type of car I typically wrench on, and it never would have occurred to me the wagon would have a different ECM. Fortunately though, it's my understanding this is a '99 wagon engine. I don't know whether we have the computer, but if the engine is identical to the one I'm removing, would this really be a problem?
Regarding the removal question though... Which part are you saying is insane? Picking up the front of the car and rolling it back, or trying to pull it from above?
I've about decided I'm going to just do it by the book, but now I have to figure out how I'm going to lift the car that high. Is an engine hoist suitable?