Chris and STI2NR: I just noticed you replied to my thread and I do appreciate that. I had not checked it after the problem was resolved.
STI2NR: Definitely an idea. I was pretty much in survival mode and just wanted to get my baby back..hahaha.
My mechanic ended up checking the turbo and it was pretty well gone at that point...no hope to bring her back
So far after about 13K additional miles on the new turbo, I've had nothing but smooth sailing.
Chris: I would have certainly been interested but just in a time crunch and having tried to find a good used one, came up empty. Maybe I just didn't have the right resources at the time.
I'm hoping now I can get a second life out of my motor. I'm closing in on 160K and thought she's not what she used to be (bought the car with 43K), my mechanic was quite impressed given the miles on it at the time. As he was replacing the turbo, he took the motor apart and cleaned it up thoroughly. I can't stress enough keeping the oil changed on these turbos.
I've got a little money in it now..upgraded rotors and brakes and the brand new turbo, but I have debated about looking for a lower mileage Baja. In 3 years, I have put approximately 114K on her and I so I feel in that short period of time nothing but praise for this vehicle. Oh..and she is paid for now...whewwww.
One final note: I can't say enough about SVO1 (Jay) who really offered his time and kindness to walk me through this and also with my local mechanic. The Baja family is something special. Thank you.
Oh..btw...I had to get a new account. For some reason my old screen name and pass weren't recognized anymore.
All the best.