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The motor has 92k miles on it. $8k is definitely too much for the work, that was just the dealer's quote. The trouble is we're ready to trade this vehicle in and KBB for its condition is only around $4k. My wife dinged it up some as well, so even in perfect mechanical condition it still needs some cleanup. I figure if I have to put $4500 in to fix it, and another $800 to fix the body, I'll be lucky to net $2k when I sell it. Carmax may give me $2-3k as is, I won't know until I take it there. If they really lowball me then I think I'll have to explore fixing it.
I asked the shop about diagnosis codes and they said that they didn't see any codes related misfires or anything related to the timing chain, and that they were "just looking for the cause of the noise". Given that the CEL was flashing on the way over I find that kind of hard to believe. Honestly I'm not too happy that they (Avalon Motorsports in Denver) charged me $160 to diagnose it and then said "We used a stethoscope to listen and we're pretty sure it's coming from the timing chain". That sounds like they could have done that while I was there in 5 minutes.