I bought a Titan engine reading up on some reviews looking like it would be a good stock engine to put in my 89 yj. BUT I was so wrong! I bought a 4.2l from Titan for around 1850 plus 375 for shipping. I was so happy with the price and time that it was delivered. It took me about a week or two to put the engine in and crank it up. I did everything by the book to make sure the timing was set, that the torque was set on everything. I did everything by the T, to make sure that it would run right. Just about everything on the engine I needed I bought brand new so I know it would run right.
About a week later when I had free time to drive it more than a mile it just wasn't acting right or sounding like it should. So I called a shop to see if they could make sure the carb and the timing was perfect. Found a shop to do it for 75$. I was happy sent it to him and waited it to be done.
3 weeks later I finally got tired of waiting for the shop to call me on something small. I got in touch with the mechanic and he had told me that I had it timed right but the header bolts were not torqued (was told from Titan that everything was torqued from their shop and couldn't have been on their end). Also that I had a blown head gasket. I only got to drive the Jeep maybe 200 miles with the engine in it.
So Titan has told me that whatever happened to the engine was my fault and that I had the timing off which caused the head gasket to blow in two. Also that I could have destroyed the camshaft because I had the timing off (which wasn't true) and they were not going to give me a refund or live up to the 36 month warranty that I had. Now I'm in the hold at least 2500$ from buying all the parts and engine plus the 500$ I had to spend on the shop hoping that would fix the engine.
Now I said forget the engine. Just trying to sell it to make up some money back from the bad customer service I had gotten from Titan. So I just went to a 305 in the Jeep and a lot better than dealing with Titan. I will never buy anything from their company that they sell.
OCALA, FLORIDA -- I purchased a Jeep Stroker for my 04 Wrangler, and just wanted to thank the staff at Titan for working with me through the project. I asked a lot of questions, and they were all very informative and actually talked me out of the more expensive engine I originally wanted. Love the one I have. I have about 5600 miles on the engine and it runs perfect. It pays to listen to the professionals. Great experience.
OCALA, TENNESSEE -- I bought a motor for my Jeep Grand Cherokee. From the first mile it was junk. I called and called, nobody would honor the warranty. Titan Engines sent my Mechanic a cam kit, to fix the ticking problem. After we put the cam kit in. I got 160.1 miles on the motor. Coolant was leaking into the block. I called again. A rude dude named Matt told me to ship them the motor. Then they would see what the problem is, then tell how much it would cost to fix it. Keep in mind Titan Engines has a 3 year warranty w/ unlimited miles. Why should I pay for any repairs??? They even stuck my mechanic on putting in a new cam kit!!!
Lucky for me the motor break down happened so fast, I never mailed my warranty in. On the back of the warranty is a CLAIM RESOLUTION. That says you won't sue them in real court. So I go to the Marion County Court House and file a Law Suit against them. Well, come to find out TITAN ENGINES is really not the company's REAL NAME!!! MOTOR PARTS of OCALA is their real name (sunbiz.com). The Registered Agent is JAMES ** (In case anybody needs to sue them, this info took me and a lawyer 2 hours to find out. Shell company after another).
Court day comes around. No one from Titan Engines shows up. I get a default judgment. You would think this is the end, but no!!! They get a lawyer to ask for a "Do Over" because the Registered Agent could not read a simple summons. The Judge upholds his Default Judgement. I start to collect, the lawyer files the same motion, same reasons to Set Aside my Default Judgement. After the 15 day filing deadline. I'm still in legal limbo.
Best thing you can do is buy a motor off of someone else. I see by the post above, a DRUNK or NERVOUS person more than likely assembled my junk engine. It's been over a year, I still haven't got my money. I guess I'm going to have the Sheriff Seize their bank account...
We are sorry for this customers problems, however he is incorrect in his acquisitions. HE WAS PAID $3249.00 FOR A $1670.00 PURCHASE.
This customer did not purchase engine from Titan. It was purchased by a garage in Tennessee. That is why the case was set aside.
He had a cam failure due to improper break-in procedures. We offered to repair the engine upon return.
He never sent the engine in.
He sued for 3249.00. The garage paid 1670.00 for the engine, plus core deposit.
We DID send the customer $3249.00 for full settlement.
OCALA, FLORIDA -- I wish I would have heed Mark's warning, but I didn't. I talked to a Sales Rep named Sherry. She seemed knowledgeable on motors. I asked about how the warranty worked. All she did was sell me a broke down motor and a pack of lies. I brought to her attention the Review Mark wrote (there was no Company Response at the time). She told me there was no litigation ever brought against the company. She told me Mark was never a customer, and they have a 100% mechanic's reimbursement record if anything would ever go wrong in 3 years. She NEVER said I had to send them the engine back!!!
After 2 months my Jeep starting to make a knocking noise, and leaking oil out of the block. I call Titan Engines to see what to do. They told me to send them the motor back and they will look at it. Never said nothing about me paying for anything. I do that (they did pay for the shipping). A week later a man (Frank) calls me, and says the block was leaking. It would be $1200 to fix it!!! He said it was my fault, and gave several hypothetical reasons why the block cracked.
I asked about the 3 year warranty. He said because it was my fault the motor was no longer under warranty. He asked if I wanted him to ship my motor back or fix it, I said "Send it back." They sent it back in pieces!!! You could see where someone used a silicon to patch up the original crack in the block.
I hate to admit it, I accidentally joined the Titan $2,000 club. Why don't the State of Florida shut down such a dishonest company? Now because I let a smooth talking sales woman into not believing the review Mark posted, I'm out over two grand!
CORAL SPRINGS, FLORIDA -- I bought a Jeep from a man that had a new Titan stroker engine installed with a 18 month warranty (it was just a project at that time) when his wife had become very ill and passed he sold it to me for my daughter. Thinking I had purchased a reliable vehicle for my daughter. I put over $ 5,000.00 into it not thinking I would need to do much with the engine but maybe a carburetor - timing adjustment. Boy! was I wrong... I found out about a week before the warranty was to expire that the engine was shot sucking oil and fuel into the combustion chamber and burning it out the exhaust pipe.
Of course Titan won't agree to anything until they see the engine even with a picture of the plugs seals still intact. So, I have the engine pulled and sent to them and they said that the engine had been over heated because the little dot in the middle of the seal was flat. Mind you this Jeep had sat with the original owner as he tinkered with it and 8 months at a shop with me getting painted and odds and ends done. It had never been driven to the point of over heating.
I paid over $2,500.00 to have the engine removed, rebuilt (ha ha) and reinstalled just to have basically the same problem. Within two weeks of driving the engine burnt 5 quarts of oil out the exhaust pipe. (approx. 500 miles/5 quarts). Crazy!!!
I spoke to Dave/Warranty department & Sales just to get the same song and dance. Take the engine back out and send it to them - **! I requested that they send me a new engine to the my mechanic's shop and at that time they could pick up their defective engine. That was a no go with them of course. Why assume any responsibility if you don't have to? They said to monitor the oil burning issue. Like it's going to fix itself. NO, it will just leave a 16 year old girl stranded along side of the road somewhere. NOT ACCEPTABLE.
I am a single mother just trying to get my daughter a reliable vehicle. Titan has already rebuilt the engine twice and I am suppose to pay them to do it again. I have no faith in their workmanship. I am just not that gullible or stupid. They have no warranty - it's all just a joke. They have yet to even send me the warranty number. It's been close to 2 months now. They send a warranty card with the rebuilt engine with no warranty number???
OCALA, FLORIDA -- The original package showed up late and destroyed in shipping. Unusable. A Dave talked me into letting them make it right. Bad call on my behalf. It took over three months to receive replacement as the parts came in one at a time. Now every step of the way was a battle of what was wrong. They can't even tell me what parts they sent or what they fit.
At one point Frank said I have the wrong block. I said just refund all this garbage they sent me. NOPE, THEY TOLD ME TO SELL IT ON EBAY IF I WASN'T HAPPY. I spent over six months of my time trying to get my Jeep back on the road with this guessing game of parts they sent me. I even had to purchase a new piston separately out of pocket cause their rod didn't fit and I broke the piston on installation.
Half a year of this frustration and the worst experience I have ever had with a business in MY LIFE. (41 yr.) I managed to get it running. The 3 yr college training and ten years in the field as a technician might be the only reason I was able to get it on the road. But that being said the engine light will not go out. So it can't be smoked to register without a hassle. I towed my trailer and ATV for the first time and it was dangerous. It couldn't get up to freeway speed and then started blowing seals and sprayed oil everywhere.
I have never hated a business so much in my life. Their response to sell my parts on eBay was... I can't describe the anger they have caused!!! Do not pick anything from this lying dishonest pack of thieves. You will regret it!!! Dirty business. Dirty liars!!!
OCALA, FLORIDA -- I wish mark would of posted his comments in january. I bought a engine from titan engines in january of 2016.
i also had knocking problems with the engine. I called to get a different motor (swap them out). Titan would have nothing to do with this course of action. They hem hawed me around for 2 weeks. The problem was the cam shaft. At first they told me, I did not break the motor in properly too. Must be a pitch!!! Someone named frank told me the manufacturer of the cam shaft did not warranty their product. I told frank, I bought a entire motor that was suppose to be under warranty from titan engines. The cam shaft was between titan and manufacture.
Unfortunately, I sent in my warranty. Just like mark said there is a resolution clause that says you cannot sue them in court. Instead you have to pay 50% of the fees to have a mitigation firm (in florida) to decide. I live in albany, ny. If I have to go all the way to florida I want to go to real court. Not some mickey mouse court!!! In short i'm out $2020 plus I have to buy another motor for my jeep!!! If you don't mind being ripped off, titan engine is the place to drop a cool two grand for nothing. I ended up scrapping my titan engine before I put one mile on the motor.
OCALA, TENNESSEE -- The company's reply is a complete lie!!! They only cut me a check for $3117. $1600 for motor, $300 core charge,
$750 to pay mechanic to replace the faulty cam, $300 Filing Fees (You get the filing fee back, if you WIN), $175 shipping, $280 COURT ordered interest. (All amounts are not exact, just ball park, except check total.) Also the judge did not see it the way Titan Engine says. The motor purchase was charged to my credit card!!! I had the motor shipped to Tennessee, because that's where I live. It was shipped to the repair shop. Because that's where it was installed... du!!!
The judge upheld his default because Titan Engines entered QUESTIONABLE EXHIBITS (The judge's exact words) for the appeal. They submitted a forged credit card transaction report. They switched my name for the mechanic's name. Also submitted a "doctored" up invoice. Titan Engines stated they said the "Break in" was done improper. How do they know? They stated I "never sent the engine back for examination". If they can't examine the engine, how can they diagnose it??? Lies, lies, lies.
Trying to collect the judgment was a mess too! Took around a month. I had to threaten involving the Sheriff to get their attention!!! I would NOT suggest anyone buy a bolt off this shady bunch, much less a whole engine!!! BUYER BEWARE!!!
OCALA, FLORIDA -- I purchased a re-manufactured 4.0L H.O. engine from Titan in April, 2016 to replace the blown engine in my son's 2001 Wrangler. I have extensive experience in engine rebuilding but I needed an engine for my son fast as he used his Wrangler for his daily driver to work and it would have taken me too long to rebuild one for him.
I drove from North Georgia to Ocala, FL. to pick the engine up when it was ready and I installed it in the Wrangler myself. I followed Titan's break-in instructions exactly and the engine now has over 17K miles with no problems at all. It runs very smooth and has performed flawlessly from day one. Not a single oil or water leak anywhere.
I suspect that people are more likely to write a review when they have problems than when everything is fine. After all, we expect to have a problem free experience. I did not have to deal with a warranty problem so I can't comment on that. Honoring a warranty and trying to provide customer satisfaction would be a major consideration.
I can say that the engine I bought was re-manufactured properly and the workmanship reflects quality and skill on Titan's part. Titan built this engine to my specs and it was ready to pick up when they said that it would be. They also accepted an engine that I had already disassembled as a core without question. My dealings with Titan have been very satisfactory.
OCALA, FLORIDA -- I purchased a Titan Stroker last year and installed it in my 1999 TJ. I am recently retired and have always wanted to drive across America in a Jeep. I purchased this Jeep and completely went through everything, replacing almost all the parts that could fail, including engine and transmission. I chose the Titan Stroker for the extra power. I pull a micro camper, and just wanted to be sure I had the power for the mountains. The install went flawlessly, followed all the directions, especially the break in procedure, which they really insisted I follow. All went well.
I started off from Annapolis and ended up in Portland. Then reversed the trip, and drove home. It was not a straight line. I took my time and explored, slept under the stars, and just enjoyed not having to be anywhere at any certain time. The engine ran perfect, I now have 21456 on the engine and is running perfect. The mileage started off at 14, and I ended up at 16mpg. The only thing I did was go from mid grade to hi test. I did find out that not all gas is created equal. The 92 octane I purchased in Texas was not close to the 92 octane in Illinois. Thanks Titan for helping me fulfill one of my bucket list items, on to the next.