August 2015 I purchased a 2004 Ford Escape from a dealership (was supposed to be road worthy but that story is for another time). I had this vehicle in my possession for under one week before the engine died completely on the interstate. We were towed to the closest mechanic. Bad news… full engine needed to be replaced. We paid them a 1k deposit and were told that it would be mid-end September before it was completed. From the end of September until the beginning of JAnuary I called the mechanic at least three times a week. FINALLY two weekends ago, after borderline harassing the shop, we were told the Escape was finished and we could come pick it up. Just over $2200 total. It is currently 100 miles from home, in a different state.
So my husband had our good friends drive him up there to pick it up. He made it not ten miles from the shop before he started losing pressure and had to pull over. He got out of the car, looked under neath and saw a piping hot cylinder. Neither my husband nor I are very knowledgeable when it comes to cars at all. He called the mechanic and explained the situation, the mechanic said it sounds like the catalytic converter and that he would come and tow it back to the shop.
Now he is quoting us an additional 1k to fix it. I am not comfortable having this mechanic complete it, nor do I have the time to wait another three months for him to. A tow here will be, minimum $650 and then still the price to fix the converter. Our best friend’s brother is a mechanic and willing to do the work for a 1/4 of what the original mechanic will charge but I cannot afford the tow and the work.
I am wondering if there is anything I can do for a quick fix, JUST to get it the 100 miles home to our friend’s brother. I have heard of running a straight pipe but am wondering if this is something that my husband can do by himself. I realize this is not good for the environment and probably not the best decision but it will only be for 100 miles. Or if there is anything else we can do? I am pretty much at my wits end with this vehicle, and I don’t have any idea how to proceed.
Please, any and all advice is seriously greatly appreciated