Engine Mechanical problem
2002 Chrysler Sebring 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 100, 00 miles
Good Morning Gentlemen,
My Sebring GTC (2002 convertible) 2.7 l, DOHC 24 valve engine had been making a ticking noise on start up, and continued to tick even after warming the motor up before driving out of the driveway. Two weeks ago, the motor started making a grinding noise and shut off completely. I had my car towed home. I have not risked driving the car since. A local mechanic came to look, heard the slight grinding noise and told me I had to replace the engine because of the rods going bad. The only motor(used motor) the mechanic found on the national parts search will cost me $1500 plus sales tax and shipping from Ocala, Fla, plus $1000.00 labor costs to the mechanic. My Questions are:
1. Is this fair and equitable pricing for repairs? Or should I shop around for better pricing? (I am currently unemployed and cannot afford such high prices)
2. Is it possible that the car can be repaired without replacing the entire engine? Could there be a simpler problem going on with the engine or something else altogether?
My problem is compounded in that my down payment on my car was $2000.00, and I am still paying a car loan on it. I cannot afford to sell it, or buy another car; what can I do? I am totally up a tree and do not know what to do or who to turn to about getting the necessary repairs.
Can you give me repair and other advice? I would truly appreciate your kind considerations and advice. I cannot donate much, but I will contribute.
Friday, March 5th, 2010 AT 9:53 AM