I’ll save time by starting with my questions.
- Would you recommend installing an engine in my beloved car or ditching it for another cheap used car?
- If yes, is there a significant difference between a used engine and a rebuilt one, and which would you recommend?
Here’s the scoop:
I took my 1998 Volvo V70 AWD XC of 6.5 years & 178k miles to a muffler chain store for an estimate on fixing a “few things” prior to it’s upcoming emissions test. By a " few" I mean brake pads, very noisy exhaust and change fluids and filters.
Incidentally, the day before the low coolant light lit up and would not go off even after I topped off the coolant level that was a little above the minimum mark. If you haven’t already guessed the radiator has had a leak for about 3 months and needed to be replaced according to my very costly local “foreign & high performance” car mechanic. Until I could afford to do that I was regularly topping the coolant without necessarily waiting for the low coolant signal.
Anyway, THAT day, the fluid looked dirtier and yuckier than it had been in the past 3 months. ( not knowing much about cars, I thought to myself “maybe the radiator needs to be flushed”).
To my HORROR, the mechanic came out after 15 to 20 minutes with GRAVE and DEVASTATING news; I should think about getting a new car soon. REAL REAL SOON, like in the next 1 to 2 weeks. The head gasket was broken and engine oil was now in the coolant system.
As an alternative, he recommended installing a used engine. at an estimated price of $2700. The other relatively minor issues (exhaust and brakes)would obviously be addressed after that. He even offered me $500 to buy the car so that he could put an engine in it for himself.
At a local mechanic shop manned by hard working Brazilians I got an estimate of $1500-2000 for installing a used engine.
Thanks ever so much.
PS. pls refrain from the “it doesn’t pay to be cheap lecture”…(your chuckles and snorts are ringing in my ears)…I GOT IT, lesson learned.