Most of us would be happy to simply buy a high-performance vehicle like a Chevrolet Corvette and let the experts do the assembly. But for nearly a decade now, General Motors has offered customers the opportunity to assemble their own engines.

The build-your-own engine program has allowed customers to come by the GM Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan, where it puts together its high-performance powerplants, and help the technicians put their own together. The experience adds about $5,800 to the cost of the car, but for some buyers, makes their new ride that much more theirs. But the program is shutting down, at least temporarily.

That's because GM is closing its Performance Build Center. While the V8 engines once found in vehicles like the Chevy Corvette, Cadillac XLR and certain top-spec Camaro models were once assembled there, that task has since decentralized to other facilities. So after producing some 40,000 engines, the Performance Build Center will close its doors later this fall.

But there's hope for well-heeled do-it-yourselfers. According to Automotive News, GM is restructuring the build-your-own engine program and moving it to the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. No word on when the program will go back online, but in the report, GM spokesman Bob Wheeler says the experience will be "enhanced" once it does.


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      Doug Danzeisen Sr
      • 1 Year Ago
      For that much money you could almost BUY a spare engine. Seems a little bit pricey to me, but hey, if you got the cash, who am I to discourage you?
      muspod
      • 1 Year Ago
      shouldn't they take 5800 off of the price being that you are putting your own car together??
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      So it's like Build-a-Bear, but for grownups?
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the future of GM ownership, you also get to take care of the repairs yourself.
      brian peters
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd do it I had the money but I'm a little cracked up by these "engine builders" In the video's I've seen they are just putting the engine together. They don't measure for bore and bearing clearance, they don't check valve train geometry, valve lift, piston to valve clearance, and the hundred other items that you check and adjust on a performance engine. Heck they don't even use a torque wrench they have a machine that does it for them.
        inktownlegend
        • 1 Year Ago
        @brian peters
        "Heck they don't even use a torque wrench they have a machine that does it for them." And this is why they don't have to take all of those measurements. The quality control has already been done on all of the components. Putting together one on those engines is childsplay. If there were any room for error GM would not offer them the same warranty. The program serves one purpose as stated in the article, for some people it "makes their new ride that much more theirs".
      JaredN
      • 1 Year Ago
      While I think it would be an awesome experience, I don't think it would be $5,800 worth of awesome.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm going to be perfectly honest, I would NEVER drive any car whose engine I built.
      Willy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Have customers PAYING to assemble their own cars? Ingenious!