Yes, it is still running ok.
I live in Northeastern Ohio and we have a required emissions check every other year on our vehicles before we can renew our license plates called E-Check. I just had my vehicle tested today at 65,523 miles and it passed with flying colors.
In my mind if there was a lifter malfunction, then a valve wouldn't be opening or closing all the way and that should trip some sensor someplace, or cause a drop in gas mileage, or darker / bad smelling exeaust. I keep track of every single thing that happens and every single drop of gas or oil that goes in to this vehicle. Overall mpg right now across it's entire life is 19.6.
Other than experimenting with the oils and additives I haven't done anything.
Now I know that this problem isn't going to get better. When an engine makes noise like this something is wrong. But as you found out, and my dealer told me the same thing, at least $2,000 up front and no promises. Maybe I'm crazy, but I think I could buy a new engine for less than that price. So I'm gambling.
Saturday, April 17th, 2010 AT 11:30 AM