2006 Hyundai Sonata - worth a new engine?

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#1

My husband bought a 2006 Hyundai Sonata for his son on Sept. 20. It cost $3450 and had 119,600 miles. The car started knocking on October 13 - they checked the oil and it was full. The next day the car started knocking again, then smoke poured out of the car — it had blown a rod. It had been driven less than 1400 miles.

The seller did not offer a warranty but Car Fax indicates the car had 2 previous owners and serviced it regularly.

An engine (used) for this car is $1400 + labor + additional parts like timing chain, etc. is it worth putting the money into the car.


#2

Only you can answer that question. That used engine and timing chain are going to cost another $1800 for a total of $3200 or so for a car you just paid $3450 for. Junk it.

You didn’t have a mechanic look this over before you bought it, did you? We always recommend an inspection before you buy.