well, basically i was driving along and i start hearing this popping noise coming from the engine then some weird noise from under the car. so i'm thinking ok i need to take this to a mechanic...so as im on my way the car just shuts down. so my sisters boyfriend (who is a mechanic by the way, Zach Yop if you know him) and his cousin figure out that i broke a rod. booooooo!!
THE IMPORTANT PART:
im trying to decide if i should get a new short block, an entirely "new" JDM engine and transmission, or just a JDM engine. If I only got the JDM engine would that even bolt up right with my current tranny?
any input on what would be the smartest way to fix this would be great.
**I would like to get something that will be the most reliable long term fix for my car that will still get me close to STI spec (if that's possible)**
P.S. by the way i have a 2005 WRX (no mods, 100,000 miles).
P.S.S. i just bought this car a week ago.... is it even possible to know about a broken rod until it actually happens or should i be pissed at the guy who sold me the car?