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August 22, 2011 6:28 AM Subscribe
If oil was vodka, my '05 Pontiac Vibe would be F. Scott Fitzgerald. Should we have the engine rebuilt or replaced? Automotive snowflakiness inside!
posted by julthumbscrew to Travel & Transportation (8 answers total)
I bought an AskMe-favorite Pontiac Vibe last December. We love, love, loved our new Vibe... for about a week, until we discovered that it was eating a metric shit-ton of oil. Evaluations by two separate mechanics confirmed the verdict: the car's valve seals were shot, most likely due to poor maintenance on the part of the previous owner.
Mechanic #1 (an automotive wunderkind) said, "You can just get the top half of the engine rebuilt - it'll be about $1500 and should fix your problem right up!"
Mechanic #2 (our trusted regular mechanic) said, "There ain't no WAY we're rebuilding that engine - half the times we've done that, the BOTTOM half of the engine has blown out within a year. Call [local auto salvage yard] and pay them to put a new engine in it ($2000 - $2500).
We've managed to keep the ailing Vibe rolling for the past nine months (we've gone through a looooot of oil). However, this weekend, its engine started making sewing machine/jackhammer-y noises and shuddering violently when idling (also: stalling every few minutes), so the time is nigh to make a repair decision. What would YOU do, AutoMeFites?... replace the entire engine ($2000 - 2500, plus the cost of a rental car for 1 - 2 weeks) OR have the top half rebuilt (for $1500 or so, plus the cost of a rental car for a week)? Are there generally-accepted practices in this situation?