Ok so I'm pretty sure I'm boned here but I thought I would run it by all the experts and get some second opinions. The other day I was on an 800 mile road trip back home from visiting family in Wisconsin for the holidays. About halfway through the drive the car started shuddering a bit and didn't respond much to the gas pedal.
The check engine light started coming on above 3000 RPM and just blinking until we went below 3000 RPM at which point it would disappear altogether. There was no good place to stop and we didn't want to be stranded in the cold so we pushed it another half hour. I pulled into a gas station and popped the hood - the turbo was glowing like the sun! Also lots of smoke coming off of it, not sure if it was coolant or oil burning. Ended up grabbing a motel in Paducah, KY for the night.
In the morning I had an Autozone run my error codes and they said misfiring on cylinder 2 and 3 - no surprise there. By this time however it was sounding much worse, and there was a definite knocking. Ran it across the street to an auto repair shop. They listened to it for a minute and said it sounded like my turbo had come apart. I rented a U-Haul and trailer and pulled the car back home to Chattanooga. Now I'm trying to figure out what in the hell to do with this thing.
I'm not sure if an '02 with 160k+ miles on it is worth dropping a new motor in, and I'm not even sure if that's necessary - all I have is the opinion of a couple mechanics who admittedly had very little experience with imports and turbos. So, does anyone have any advice?