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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.
reply to post by Scaleru
Good luck with it mate.
I would change mechanics though. You mentioned the vehicle has a manual transmission
Your mechanic checked the torque converter - only autos have a torque converter.
Ed: See if you can't get a free diagnosis at a local Mitsubishi dealer, it could save both time and money.
edit on 10-9-2013 by Timely because: (no reason given)
Thanks for the tips guys. If I could have afforded new, I would have gone new. Unfortunately, getting this car alone has already put me in debt. Sad to say, I'm not exactly "rich" in any form of the word.
Due to my monetary issues outlined above, getting a second opinion on the job is proving quite difficult. I don't want to drive the vehicle in case the issue is repairable, which means I need to tow it to another mechanic, which means money that could be spent on getting a second hand engine. I believe this is what they call a "catch 22" or, in my terms, a right pain in the... cake.
reply to post by 74Templar
Oh, and that '81 Sigma? It lasted me 6 years. Not bad for a $1,500 purchase I'll admit.