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Our car was bought used from a shop about a year ago. It completely shut down a few weeks back. We know the coolant system has issues, and just before it broke down, the windows rolled up slowly, the lights were dim, and the car made a weird clicking noise the night it completely shut off. We did take the car in a month prior, and they never mentioned engine problems. When we brought it in to Tires Plus again, the mechanic said we either needed to spend 2500 on repairing the engine or buy a new car. Previously, all I'd heard was the clicking sound. After the car was at the shop for two days, it now makes a gurgling noise when we drove it home. What's your take on this one? Thanks!

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We strive to take the high road here at Without being there to inspect your 2004 Dodge Intrepid, it would be irresponsible for us to assume what might be wrong. However, if you’re looking for a fair and honest assessment of the condition of your Intrepid, please contact one of our local mobile mechanics to come to your location and complete a car is hard to start inspection; so they can pinpoint what’s really going on with your vehicle and recommend the right repairs be made.

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