So I have a 2000 Contour SE 4cyl and I was on my way back to college last weekend driving down the highway about 70mph or so and it overheats then dies with a bit of smoke coming out from under the hood. Come to find out my coolant had all leaked out during the trip from somewhere around the thermostat (I think) and my timing belt is broken. I sent it in to a shop nearby and get the call today informing me of this so here's my question: its a 2000 and as far as I know the engine is non-interference so is there a chance its just a timing belt fix and some repair around the thermostat housing? The people at the shop told me they would put a timing belt on it for $500-$800 and THEN tell me if there was anything else wrong with it after that but I don't have a ton of money to throw at it sadly.
If anyone has had a timing belt break while driving I would appreciate any advice :)
Edited by Nathaniel, 19 January 2013 - 08:47 PM.