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Old 28 Mar 2015, 01:30 am
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Default Should I replace my '05 Turbo Convertible engine?

At 115K, I have end play on my crank and have fried my #4 cylinder. There's metal in my oil, I'm throwing smoke on startup and hear a whine from deep in the engine. My car is very clean, has new A/C and radiator, plus a new $2500 top. They want $11,000 to replace the motor and turbo. I love this car, but shouldn't I just move on?
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Old 28 Mar 2015, 06:10 am
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Old 28 Mar 2015, 08:42 am
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At 115K, There's metal in my oil, I'm throwing smoke on startup and hear a whine
Sound like you have a bad turbo... How did they know that #4 cylinder is blown?
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Old 28 Mar 2015, 10:28 am
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$11,000 is outrageous.
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Old 28 Mar 2015, 02:23 pm
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Thanks for the advice, guys. Via a tiny TV cam, they showed me the scoring in #4, plus there are metal shavings in the oil. The idea that a leak in the intake manifold caused #4 to go lean and overheat. The crank end play is just a poor design flaw.
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Plenty of choices on used or rebuilt PT and SRT4 engines on ebay. Some with warrantys pt cruiser turbo engine | eBay
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Old 28 Mar 2015, 03:18 pm
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Agreed, $11K is outrageous. You could buy 2 replacement complete cars for that! Find a low mile junkyard complete engine and swap it in or look on ebay as suggested or something. You could even buy a semi wrecked car that is still running and driving and pull the motor out after you have tested it. Lots of options besides forking over 11 thousand!
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Old 28 Mar 2015, 03:23 pm
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Where I live, a 2005 PT Turbo Lite convertible is worth between $3,000 and $4,000. And possibly less. The only way to repair this car from a cost perspective is to swap in a used engine from a salvage car. And still, if you have to hire it all done, you will be lucky to get out under $2K. In your situation, it might be better to sell the car on Craigs list with the blown engine for $1,000 to $1,500 and then put that with the money that the repair would cost and buy yourself another car.

The sad truth is that if you cannot do the work yourself, owning any car that is ten years old or older can get very expensive if a major problem occurs.
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Wow, this forum is the best. Thank you all for your suggestions. I will definitely check out eBay, and I'm glad to hear that I might bet $1000 to $1500 for a clean car with a blown engine. I think my Plan A, however, will be to go back to the original mechanic and another one with a $4K proposal to do everything except the turbo and recently-replaced radiator, water pump, etc. Otherwise, I'll have to buy another car.
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Wow, this forum is the best. Thank you all for your suggestions. I will definitely check out eBay, and I'm glad to hear that I might bet $1000 to $1500 for a clean car with a blown engine. I think my Plan A, however, will be to go back to the original mechanic and another one with a $4K proposal to do everything except the turbo and recently-replaced radiator, water pump, etc. Otherwise, I'll have to buy another car.
Jim... what part in LA do you live? I can set you up with a good place that can trouble shoot the car and give you a "real" estimate on repairs!
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