I've lurked here before, but this is my first time posting. Here's my situation.
My 2010 AWD Edge developed a severe knocking noise. I took it to a backyard mechanic that was highly recommended by two friends. He said that it was a rod knock, and that the engine would have to be replaced. I was in a hurry to get a new engine because of an upcoming vacation, but I ended up getting scammed by a salvage yard for $750. Now that I'm not going to get the engine in time to replace it before the vacation, I'm thinking about just pulling the engine and taking it somewhere to get it rebuilt.
Most of the low mileage engines that I found (from places that appear to be reputable) run $1200-$1500. Would it be more cost effective to take my engine somewhere to be rebuilt? Would it last me longer in the long run? What would a fair price be for a rebuild? Other than boring out cylinders, is this a job that I could do myself in a reasonable amount of time (I haven't rebuilt an engine since high school, but I have a pretty decent understanding of the mechanics involved).
Thanks for any help that you can give.