My question about the oil change IS important, PLEASE answer ! It sounds like this guy is trying to talk you into a NEW motor purchase. Junkyard motors normally are a better deal, & a cheaper (about half of new) price. Search your area phone book to see if there is an LKQ auto parts store near you. They have top of the line used stuff, & a motor should cost around $1500.00 or less. A motor swap should cost around $600.00 plus oil/filter, coolant. Also. Ask around to your friends/family about another auto repair shop.'Cause i'm thinking your shop isn't being up front (he is milking ya for all he can get) about what that motor needs. I'm not a certified auto mechanic, but i've turned wrenches for more decades than I care to count. That being said.
It sounds like the motor has dropped a valve, because the engine wouldn't run (not in my experience anyways) if it broke a connecting rod ! DON ' T go to this *your* shop & get into this guys face about this WITHOUT proof ! The engine would have to be pulled apart to see what is broken before you can make a complaint.
Having friends who live in Texas I know that down there the cars look great, but the mechanicals (engine, tranny, etc.) Are most often trashed. Is your choice what to do with this thing. But your either gonna take a BIG loss, or spend the $$$ to fix it up & enjoy your investment for a while !
A Motor City Boy.
Ford Man in Michigan
Monday, January 17th, 2011 AT 7:44 PM