Shop says car engine seized, with no warning signs. Need advice.
November 28, 2011 5:55 PM Subscribe
Catastrophefilter. Auto shop just called, say Subaru has seized engine. Baffling, because no warning signs. ~$5,000 for new one. Options?
posted by Alaska Jack to travel & transportation (27 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
My finances may be about to take a devastating hit. Here's the situation.
I have a 2000 Subaru "Outback Wagon Sport" (the Outback version of the Impreza) w/just over 100K miles. It's been a while since the oil was changed, but not incredibly long (I can't say exactly when, as I'm at work right now and the car is in the shop).
There have been no warning signs whatsoever. No overheating, no engine lights, no oil leakage. Last week I drove to work fine. When I went to go home, the engine cranked over a couple of times, there was an audible "clunk" from the engine compartment, and it stopped turning over. It would only click after that.
I towed it to the shop on Thursday. They just called, and said the engine was SEIZED. Said it would be about 5K for a new engine, maybe less if they could find a used one.
So, I'm trying to wrap my mind around this.
(A) The guy I talked to was a desk guy, not the tech, who had gone home by the time the desk guy called. Is there any chance there's been a mistake? How does a car seize with no warning signs? If there was no oil, wouldn't it have been overheating? How could it have turned over at all before suddenly going "clunk" and dying?
(B) What options should I be looking at in terms of new engines? Craigslist? eBay? Junkyards? I just have no idea where to begin.
Sorry to ramble -- obviously this has really blindsided me. Any guidance gratefully appreciated.