Here’s what I found out when I looked at the car today.
First of all, there were two codes; one was “P0118 - Engine Coolant Temperature Circuit High Input”, and the other was “P0420 - Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1)”.
At least one of these codes may be explained by the first photo of the exhaust problem.
When I looked under the car toward the front, I saw something hanging down (second photo), but I don’t know what it was. The driver’s side front wheel is in the background.
Assuming the photos are displaying in the order that I uploaded them, the last photo is of the engine bay. If not, I’m sure everyone will be able to tell which is which anyway.
The coolant was not mixed with oil, and a sticker on the engine said that the timing belt was changed at about 96,000 miles. When the car idled, it was noisy due to the exhaust problem, but the RPMs were seemingly steady. The tires had at least 75% tread left.
What is probably very bad news is that when I wiped off the dipstick and checked the oil (engine cold), there was nothing on the stick. I didn’t add oil to see how much it would take, though. Some yellow plastic part near the dipstick handle was broken, so I don’t know if perhaps I wasn’t able to insert it fully or not.
I’m sure I could get the seller down to $750.00; what do you guys think I might be facing repair wise? The cost of 1.8T engines with the same mileage in junkyards around me starts at about $1500.00 for the engine alone.