my forester was recently diagnosed as having a “tired engine.” the Number 2 cylinder is on its way out. In the last 12 months I’ve invested at least $4500 in major maintenance including catalytic converter, water pump, timing belt, clutch, transpan gasket, several other gaskets to repair oil leaks. It still needs filler neck for gas tank, new front axle, and I’ve been told new radiator hoses.
I’m reticent to put a rebuilt or used engine in the vehicle (or send this engine in to be rebuilt), because I feel like at this point there will always be something next. At the same time, a car payment is quite un-appealing.
I’m looking for advice. To rebuild, or not to rebuild, and suck it up for car payments?