I have a 2000 Subaru that started smoking white and took it in for repair. It had a cylinder 4 misfire code and the mechanic said it was a classic sign of a head gasket problem. The guy is known as a Subaru Guru locally and said he could do the repair including the machining of the head gasket for $1,400.00. I picked up my car 2 weeks later and had problems almost immediately with a knocking noise so I brought it back in. All 4 mechanics came outside to listen and had a look of horror on their face. The owner said he feared the worst, that a rod went through the engine. He said sometiems when your repair the top part the bottom can't handle it and that happens. I left the car with him and he said he would look into it. That was two weeks ago and today he called and said they had the oil analyized and it showed bearing parts in the oil. He said radiator fluid probably went where it should not have and caused a bearing to sieze up. Now he is saying it will cost $2,000.00 more to repair and he doesn't think it is worth it because there could be more damage to the engine. He said he could "help" me on the labor and look for another engine to put in the car. As it sits I have been without a vehicle for 5 weeks and am looking at significantly more money to throw at a used engine that even the mechanic says is a gamble unless he buys it from someone he knows. Any thoughts appreciated, what do I do? I am already out $1,400.00 I didn't have in the first place to spend on this vehicle. Does this sound legit, can it happen, or am I being fed a line?