Question about 2000 Toyota Camry Solara
I have a 2000 Solara...2.2L 5 spd manual and the engine is knocking real bad. I put a Class 2 hitch on the car and towed a single-motorcycle trailer with a 2005 Kawasaki Ninja on it to Mississippi. The total towing weight was 780 lbs. When I made this trip 2 months ago, the car had 148K miles on it and ran without issues. I got 19mpg going down and 35mpg coming back w/o the trailer. I believe that I over-worked the motor and was it's eventual undoing.
I was coming home from work 2 weeks ago and by the time I got home, there was a knocking noise that changed with the speed of the engine. I let the car sit for 2 days on level ground and found the car to be 2.5 qts low on oil. Know that I bought the car from my step-mother and she is the original owner and took very good care of the car. I never thought to check oil because I saw no leaks, the engine had never used oil before my trip and quite honestly, I never thought I would EVER have a problem with a Toyota engine.
My local Toyota garage told me "Internal Engine Failure" after their $87.00 diagnostic service. The gave me a price of $3580.00 to rebuild the motor or $4100.00 to replace it with another engine with 79K miles on it.
I don't have that kind of money to give to them to do the work...I don't think I want to try to tackle rebuilding the engine myself...I think I have narrowed it down to replacing the engine myself (as I cannot find any local mechanic that wants the job)
My question is: Where can I find a good engine...one that I KNOW the guys selling it is not trying to rip me off. A 30 day or 3 month warranty is fine and all...but I don't want to have to pull it back out to swap it out. I want to purchase a motor from someone that is reputable and someone I can trust to sell me a motor known to operate properly.
Any suggestions? Thanks for reading.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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