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    To Ditch it Or To Fix It; that time of a Jeep's life

    As the title reads, I got some possibly unfortunate news from my mechanic on Monday. Last weekend, I was installing my new winch on my 1/4 pounder and I noticed some drips on my garage floor. To my surprise, I found an accumulation of oil around a gasket. As I started looking around, I also noticed that the radiator was almost bone dry, with just a little fluid in the overfill and possibly some within the radiator itself. Oil seemed a little over a quart low. I believe oil was changed around 3,500k miles ago, and radiator color and level seemed fine around that millage as well. No overheating or indicators lights on the dash for low coolant.

    Brought it in to check on both issues. My mechanic ran a pressure test on the radiator and there were no external leaks. He came back to me with the following issues though:
    • Oil Leak, Rear Main Oil Seal
    • Coolant Loss, Internal Engine
    • R/F Coil Spring Broken
    • 2 Front Axle U Joint, On their last legs
    • Engine Light, Catalytic Convertor O2 Sensors or Cats themselves (knew about this, just never bothered to get fixed yet)


    So the quick background, I am a recent graduate with a new job, I have a 08 JKU now with 168k miles (my first, and only car which has a lot of sentimental value). I commute to work via train so I rarely drive except on the weekends now, and we have other cars in the family. It is the most financially smart move to sell my car, although, I always had a dream of keeping this girl going forever and one day rebuilding it with the build it deserves.

    Body is in great condition, it has some decent modifications and lots of new parts on it. Other than the O2 sensor issue, everything has been exceptionally maintained. Mechanic noted he thought it would not be worth fixing because once he started to break down the engine things could start to snowball on cost. So, I am asking the opinion of the forums. I love the car, and wanted to keep it as a second ride. Not in the position to buy something new. She runs, always felt like a very strong engine. Never has left me stranded. Is it time to ditch it before the value tanks and I sink a ton into it?

    As of right now, I made him do an oil change, top off the coolant, and clean up around the leak. Going to drive it around a few hundred miles and see what my levels are at to see what an estimate of loss/mile range would be.

    To make clear, this is my DD, although I have options of other vehicles to drive for the time being. The engine is currently NOT blown and running fine. I guess we just do not know for how long??
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    Install a used or rebuilt engine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by notnalc68 View Post
    Install a used or rebuilt engine.


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    Local junks yards? Any websites you recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by notnalc68 View Post
    Install a used or rebuilt engine.


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    This would be cheaper in the long run then a new car payment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOPLESS View Post
    This would be cheaper in the long run then a new car payment.
    The only reason I wanted a new vehicle was drive ability and interior aging. With a new alpine head unit from uncle, leather seats or covers, and maybe the new engine I could be a very happy camper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonytony9 View Post
    The only reason I wanted a new vehicle was drive ability and interior aging. With a new alpine head unit from uncle, leather seats or covers, and maybe the new engine I could be a very happy camper.
    Before you make up your mind ask around at a couple garages & see what the costs would be for a lower mileage motor swap. Costs nothing and once you have some estimates in hand you can figure out a course of action from there. Line Notnalc said, it's cheaper in the long run, especially since it's a second car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ddays View Post
    Before you make up your mind ask around at a couple garages & see what the costs would be for a lower mileage motor swap. Costs nothing and once you have some estimates in hand you can figure out a course of action from there. Line Notnalc said, it's cheaper in the long run, especially since it's a second car.
    Absolutely, I have a lot of research to do. And I am in no rush. Wayalife is always my first go to, so just getting some feelers. This is my daily driver, but I do have other options for the time being.

    I have always wanted to do the 5.7 AEV conversion, and for the cost of a rebuilt (assuming around 2500) saving up for a few months extra and dropping one of those in would definitely make me keep this as my DD for years to come.

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    If you like it and want a Jeep. Put 4 grand into it call it a day. New/rebuilt motor, u joints, cats.

    Itís a second vehicle right? Donít rush it and seriously donít consider resale value either. Itís an 11 year old Jeep with a blown motor not a numbers matching Road Runner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HighwayTrout View Post
    If you like it and want a Jeep. Put 4 grand into it call it a day. New/rebuilt motor, u joints, cats.

    Itís a second vehicle right? Donít rush it and seriously donít consider resale value either. Itís an 11 year old Jeep with a blown motor not a numbers matching Road Runner.
    No it is a y daily driver, although, I have access to other vehicles through the fam. And I have access to a mint e36 convertible for when the weather is nice. Engine is not blown, currently. Running fine.

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    Second opinion time. Iíd want proof itís drinking the coolant before making a decision, especially if itís not running any different.
    Also if you sold it as is not telling the buyer it might need an engine is a real fucking dick move.


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