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Timing belt broke on my car. Mechanic I use says

Timing belt broke on my car. Mechanic I use says it damaged some valves & pistons. Said basically that's 1/2 the engine to repair. Possible suggestion from mechanic was to replace who engine with used engine & go ahead & replace clutch while at it since that's another major expense on a car. Cost $2,500.00 for repairs. Car has 128,000 miles. Don't want a car payment -- just paid car off. Is this good idea or should I look for used car elsewhere?

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Your mechanics advice is dead on, sounds like a very solid tech. as i do not know the condition of the rest of your vehicle, i would consult with the same mechanic that gave you this advice and see what he thinks. if the rest of the car is in good shape, i may be a worthwhile repair. if its rusted underneath, close to needing brakes, etc etc you may spend this money then 6 months down the road have to spend another 1000 in maintenance. this is what needs to be considered. good luck!

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