2002 Jeep Liberty 3.7L, 4WD, 6-cyl., VIN K, 111k miles.
Losing coolant internally. So I have a head gasket problem. Mechanic quoted 2k-5k to repair depending on whether or not cylinders need replacing, etc. Then turns to me and says I can replace the engine for the same price. Vehicle runs perfectly that is until I hit the highway or sit in traffic. Then it heats up, turning heat on cools it down. My BF replaced the thermostat, fan (which was broken into bits), water pump and flushed several times. We were hoping it was one of the “cheap” repairs. Took it in for compression test and was told leaking coolant internally. So here I am.
I am on disability so a car payment will be VERY financially stressful. I need a taller vehicle due to my condition so SUV’s suit me best. I drive under 10-15k a year. Looking online to get ideas most used SUV’s 2005-2008 year range 80-100k in miles are running $11-14k. My dilemma is not just having to have a car payment for 4-5 years but that I would be paying for a vehicle that I have parked out front right now, just a few years younger but with SAME mileage!!! Why would I want to pay $300 a month for what I have now with NO car payment, and that I really like my vehicle.
So is replacing an engine a better idea or do I start looking for a new car because it’s not worth it to replace an engine in a 2002 vehicle with 111k miles ???