posted on Sep, 10 2013 @ 09:29 PM
So up until recently, I have been driving old cars. Following a series of unfortunate events (a 1981 Mitsubishi Sigma that couldn't keep a head
gasket followed by a 1995 Toyota Camry that collapsed in magnificent style resulting in the need for a complete overhaul) I decided to finally fork
out some decent cash and buy a newer model car. I went with a 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer ES. The thing was immaculate. 185,000kms on the clock, serviced
on time every time, absolutely nothing of concern. Even the interior was perfect! We got it at what I felt was a steal at $4,500.
Three months later, it appears that I am destined for failed cars. I left work last week and got a few kms down the road, only to be greeted with a
loud, LOUD knocking noise. Naturally, I pulled over immediately to inspect. Being a manual transmission, I figured it would be nothing with the
gearbox (as the sound rose and fell with the pitch of the engine). My first thought was a blown exhaust gasket or a cracked manifold. Nope. Maybe
shoddy timing? Nope.
Called the NRMA, waited an hour to be told that it was the rockers. Great, I thought, a pain in the ass, but not an overly horrible repair. I waited
another hour for a tow and took it to the mechanic a few days later.
This is where the fun really begins. The mechanic tells me that the rockers are fine, but that the low end bearing may be shot. Upon further
inspection, they turned out to be fine. He then checked the torque converter. It, too, was fine. We are currently deciding whether or not the pistons,
con rod, or valves are bad, and what my options are.
A rebuild? $2,600 plus labour? No.
A second hand motor? $1,200 plus labour? Better, but still unaffordable.
I'm starting to hate cars and seriously considering buying a horse. At least when they break down, you know what's wrong with them.
Sigh. I'll be on my way now.