Engine Performance problem
1998 Isuzu Rodeo Question 6 cyl Manual 80603 miles
Bought 1998 Isuzu Rodeo from used car dealer (in NY) at 77,900 miles for $4,300. Did oil change within a week after getting the car. During the course of owning the car, several times the Check Engine light would come on and then went off on its own.
The car now has 80,600 miles. Brought back to dealer within 60 days cause the car's engine started knocking, roughly a month after oil change. We added 2 bottles of engine oil but the knocing did not go away. We stopped driving the car and brought it back. After having dealer's appointed mechanic to look at it, turns out the engine is gone, and we've been driving the car with NO OIL.
Now dealer offering to install a used engine but we need to pay $1,300 for the engine, and the dealer will cover $1,000 labor. Our car is under 3,000 miles and still within 60-day warranty but dealer said they're not covering damages to the car due to owner negligence. They said it was our fault to drive with no oil in engine, and it's generous of them to offer to cover $1,000 labor.
The used engine will have ONE YEAR warranty.
The car is in great condition inside and out, dealer gave us brand new brakes before we drove off the lot. Question is, should we invest $1,300 or just get rid of this car such as selling the parts. Is the dealer doing the right thing by covering only partial instead of the full cost of fixing the engine?
We're not mechanics, don't know much about cars (but we do get oilchange when it's due) and we trusted the car to have no problem since we did the oil change, etc. Please help us!
Thursday, June 11th, 2009 AT 5:39 PM