What type of damage would the engine of a 2008 pontiac soltice gxp sustain from being driven into water about a foot deep? In November my brother in law drove his pontiac soltice into about a foot of standing water when our area flooded from storms. The car was only in the water for a very short amount of time. He and my sister were able to push it back to a dry spot within 10-15 min of hitting the high water.
We assumed the battery died because he kept his lights on while waiting for the tow truck. He took the car to a local repair shop and they are telling him that he needs to have "rods and piston" replaced, if not the entire engine. Anyways, long story short, he's an idiot and knows nothing about cars and never should have bought it in the first place. He owes my parents a lot of money and he has agreed to sell the car "as is" to pay off the debt. I find it hard to believe though that if everything he is telling me is true about when the car flooded, that it would have resulted in entire engine failure.
He thinks that the auto repair shop is not familiar with this type of vehicle and are not giving him an accurate diagnosis. He is really short on cash and towing the car to a dealership for a second opinion/repair quote is kind of a "non-option". Basically what I am asking is what type of damage would typically be sustained from something like this? We have no idea what to try to sell the car for unless we have an idea what the repairs might entail.
Can you help?
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 AT 5:19 PM