So I have a 1996 Pontiac Firebird with a 3.8L V6 that has thrown a rod. It was this way when I got it (it was my late BiL's firebird), so I'm not quite sure how the rest of the engine has fared. I would like to replace the engine with a used 3.8L V6, as I dont want to spend all the time/money/effort on swapping the V6 for a LT1. Now, I can replace the engine myself (with some help of course) but I need to find a suitable replacement engine. I have called a few local u-pull-u-save and junkyards and if they do have the engine, it's $800 with 160k+ miles on it. Which they all considered great deals and that the engine 'will be gone shortly.' Frankly, I know the 3800 series is a great engine (I've owned a 3800 Series I), but a car with 97k on the body, I'm not willing to spend $800 on a motor with 160k+ miles on it. Do any of you have recommendations on where to purchase a used engine with around 80k miles on it for $700 bucks? I figured in this economy I might be able to haggle a little and get a good price. I have no problem driving 4-5 hours one way to pick up the engine so I do not have to pay shipping charges. A few more questions: Would a 3800 Series II/III from a later year work in the vehicle? If so, would it be beneficial to look for a newer engine for more features or better reliability? If a newer engine were to be purchased, would it be a direct swap? Any suggestions or things I should know before starting this spring project? Here are some of the important details: 1996 Pontiac Firebird 3.8L Series II Automatic Transmission (yes yes, I know) The engine has thrown a rod, at least, and unsure about the rest of the engine. Cincinnati Ohio region, I live across the river in Northern Kentucky Thanks in advanced!