As the title states, im looking for an engine to replace the one in my 2002 4eat wrx.
Im thinking worse case scenario so if the engine is indeed bad I would like to be ready and not be caught with my pants down. Car on start up makes a terrible grinding and knocking noise. Im having a mechanic look at it and he says its the motor. I am getting a second opinion and debating if to have him pull the engine and find out whats going on. My mech only suggested a new motor because the labor cost to pull, disassemble, and troubleshoot the current motor may be quite high. The current engine has about 98K miles on it. My ultimate goal is/was to keep it as my daily driver and have it custom tuned by clark tuning via a custom map to be flashed with a cobb ap (a custom stage 2 map).
I was thinking of sticking with the stock motor and not do anything fancy like finding a different motor, or an upgraded motor, etc etc. I wanted it to be able to run fine with the mods i have purchased already (grimmspeed uppipe and cobb accessport) and with mods i have lined up (turbo xs catted downpipe and turbo xs catback).
Is sticking with the stock motor a good idea? Should I consider another solution? Like I said, right now im thinking worst case scenario, which for me is the motor is done.
Also where would be the best place to source a used motor? Ive already started with craigslist and NASIOC. Im hoping to find one local so I can check it out before hand. Also can anyone suggest steps to take once I get a new motor? Like what should be done with while ive got the motor out? Replace normal belts seals and so on? Also some of you may be curious on my budget, well its not a great budget I work part time and go to school so that should tell ya. I was hoping to keep the cost of a new engine under the 2 grand mark (that may or may not include install :\ ). I had spent about 7400 to get the car initially.
Looking forward to some feedback and input! Thanks!