I bought my 17yo daughter a '98 Jeep Wrangler (because she wanted one). My ex-husband would not go with me, nor do I have any close relatives that could have. The Jeep was in great condition (I thought). He had replaced the engine with a rebuilt long block from Advance Auto Parts at 124K, new water pump, new thermostat, new alternator, new radiator, new clutch. I got him down to $4K.
I guess he seen I had my “dumb woman” shirt on, because I found out that the “knocking” wasn’t in the transmission, but the engine. I was told it was the rod bearings and would need a new engine. Took it down to my cousin, an hr away, and he ran some kind of gunk through it and it does seem better. We’ve since replaced the tires (needed them), fixed the lighting system, replaced the skid pan, replaced sway bar links, shocks. With the exception of the engine, almost everything has been replaced–and the outside and inside are in great condition.
When the engine does go, what will happen? Is it even safe to drive? I’ve put about 2,000 on it just driving around for the past 5 mos. Is it worth putting an engine in? We have a huge replacement parts Jeep dealer in the area. I can get a used engine from him for about $300-400. I know that doesn’t cost for the labor to replace it. What about Jasper rebuilt engines? Not sure if we should just put it back up for sale, try to get $4K for it, and lick our wounds for the $1,500 we’ve put into it. Any suggestions would be appreciated! It’s a “hoot” to drive, but my daughter is still learning. Oh, and the heater is barely working. I don’t trust my mechanic anymore, because he tried telling me it would cost $700 to replace. He said he could try flushing it, but with it being the original heater, it may end up leaking–then, of course, need to be replaced. I’ve been told $700 is ridiculous. Help!