New buy- knock knock
Thank you for letting me join this forum. My wife and I are both in college and broke as can be. Our previous car we owned for a few years had the transmission go out. So we decided to spend a little extra money to buy a car that we thought would last our family a few years. We bought a 2006 Saab 9-7x (they are cheaper than trailblazers and envoys in my area), for $2,900 a little less than a month ago.
I checked the oil 2 weeks prior to this happening and it was at the perfect level. Oil pressure was good, oil life at 40%. Two days ago while driving in town I heard a ticking. I thought it was something that got stuck in my fan. When I looked, there was nothing.
I took the serpentine belt off and ran it for a second and the noise was still there. I checked the oil and I was 3 quarts low!!
I took it to two different mechanics for a diagnostic, both said it's definitely a rod bearing. We've put maybe 600 miles on it since we owned it.
My question is, is it worth it to try replacing all the bearings? Online they are $55-$60 for all 6. But then I still need to wonder why it burned or leaked all that oil in just 2 weeks. I didn't notice any puddles or leaks anywhere.
I thought about a used engine, but they are $1,500+ with 180,000+ miles around me. And we definitely can't afford a new engine.
Any advice or help is greatly appreciated.