So I buy what I thought was a cherry 98 jeep wrangler with 107K miles in June of 08. A nice soft top with a 5 speed manual. Put a towing package on it and I'm ready to roll with my land yacht... Until,,, a soft knocking noise from the engine compartment begins to sound at 3K rpms and gets louder as it goes higher (in all gears). A few weeks back the check engine gauges light pops on sometimes at idle and oil pressure drops to 0 till the gas it tapped.
Today the noise that only was heard above 3K rpms now is on full time... and quite loud. I run it to the dealer (as I'm not the master mechanic, can do brakes, and stuff like that) for a diagnosis. They tell me I need a new engine OMG are you serious? They gave a price estimate of $1200 just for labor and $1700 for an engine. Holy S... They say don't drive it cause the engine may seize or blow (oh the drama)
Should I get a second opinion? Just spent the past hour or so searching for rebuilt engines on line found a couple at $1150 with a 7 year 70K warranty.
I need some thoughts from folks that have had jeeps for way longer than I have. What do you think?? get a second opinion? get it done? run from the dealer? Help