I'm trying to help my cousin make the best educated decision, whether it be sell his truck with engine problems, or have a rebuilt eng installed, then sell it. He is not mechanically inclined, therefore, is paying for all services/ repairs.
The truck is a '96 Tacoma/ reg cab/ 4x4 w/manual hubs/ 5 speed.. He only purchased it a few months ago, and isnt' the best at looking over vehicles.. Started noticing little issues once he bought it, but nothing crazy.. Since then, he's noticed metal shavings in the oil, and even after numerous oil changes, still sees shavings in the oil.. As of a couple of days ago, engine started making a somewhat loud/noticable knock or tapping noise, and has had very rough idling at times.. He's pretty fed up and since he's not mechanically inclined, he just wants to cut his losses.
Tryna figure out what he should post it for on the classifieds. He purchased it for $3800, but that was when it was running w/o problems/ minimal problems. The vehicle is in fair condition, so he states. Has roughly 165k miles and is located in Denver/Boulder, CO area.
Any ideas what he should have as a starting price? Again, if he cant get a decent offer, he'll have to pay to have a rebuilt eng installed, then sell the truck from there.