Dead G6 Need some help
I own a 2006 G6 GT sedan. I bought it last July from the dealership that my father works for. It had been traded in and had 150k when I bought it for 5000. It seemed to be well maintained, and aside from a few minor dents, and a crack in the windshield, which was replaced by the dealer, ran well and was in good condition. I have loved the car from day one, and it has served me well through my first year driving, clocking in another 20 k. And the whole time I lurked in these forums gathering answers to my many questions. Hopefully you guys can help me again.
You see, about a month ago my engine started making a faint ticking noise that was audible in the higher rpm range. I thought I traced the noise to my tensioner pulley, that seemed to vibrate with the noise. However in the following weeks, it increased in volume, and became noticeable even when idling. I changed my oil and hoped for the best. (stupid I know) A few days ago it reached a tipping point began to make a metallic noise thay I knew could only mean serious engine damage. I took it home and arranged to have it serviced at the dealer ship. I decided a few miles to the shop wouldn't kill the car, so I opted to skip the towing fee.
Ten minutes down the road the engine began to lurch and groan, then shut off completely. My brakes lost almost all functionality, and I was forced to use my handbrake to stop myself on an uphill. Long story short I had her towed to the shop, where after a day of diagnosis, I was told the engine was completely fried. Now she waits in the lot at the dealer while I decide my next move.
I have almost no money to put into it at the moment but I know I'm due for a big expense. I am not sure what a new engine would cost me, even if I can get a trusted mechanic to install for cheap. I would like to keep her if I can, even if it means replacing the trans too. But if it is more practical to look for a cheap replacement car, I might have to. I just don't want to find myself in this situation again a year from now
Any suggestions guys? Because I'm kind of lost =\