I have a 2001 Jeep Cherokee sport with 118,000 miles on it. First, I can hear a grinding metal sound sometimes when I reverse, somewhere near the back of the car. Could this be the transmission or a u-joint going? Second, after my car overheated last week my mechanic said I have a cracked head gasket, possibly a cracked head, and possibly a cracked block. (The last two are possibles, because he hasn't taken everything apart yet.)
He quoted me a price of $950 to fix the head gasket, $1500 range to replace the head and gasket, and somewhere in the $2000-$2500 range to replace the head, gasket, and block. Are these prices reasonable or am I getting ripped off?
Should I do this or put a new engine in with lower miles? I found an engine from a 2000 Cherokee with 400 miles on it and a 6-month guarantee from a salvage yard for $1000. My mechanic said he could put it in for $5-600. They got the engine in 2002, I guess from a totaled car, so it's been sitting for five years. Is this bad that it's been sitting? So, for the same price of fixing the head and gasket on an engine with 118,000 miles should I completely replace it for one with 400 miles on it?
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007 AT 10:37 PM