I don't mean to pester you folks, but I could really use some advice, any advice, from people who know more about this stuff than I do. I really love this car but I don't want to throw good money after bad.
Should I cut my losses, consider myself SOL, drive it till it blows and go into debt to buy a new car? Should I avoid long distance drives because it could blow at any moment?
Or should I consider the money I've spent already as sunk costs, get a used engine, and hope to get another 5 yrs out of the wrx? Or should I take it to another mechanic for a third opinion?
If I do get another engine, how many miles should I be looking for? What model years have the same engine as the '02 wrx? any advice on best ways to find a reliable used engine?
Any advice (or even sympathy?) would be greatly appreciated!