My 1999 Astro van recently started making LOUD rattling noises under the hood. No previous problems, ran great up till pulling into my driveway. It does have 160,000 miles on it, but has always been excellently maintained. Towed it to dealership where they told me that “by the sound of it” it would need a new engine. Got estimates from $2800 to $6000 for remanufactured engine. This van is fully loaded, power everything, leather interior, paint job is great, everything works. Breaks my heart that I may have to junk it. I have been offered $300 to $400 as junk.
So, the big question is, junk it or get a new motor?