Originally Posted by 2005JGC
I respect trying to make him feel better but come on. He knows its bad, furthermore insurance is going to cover it, he doesnt need the sugar coating... if he sucked in water and is only running on 3 cylinders even after driving home that far he has mechanical failure, bent rods, dropped valve seats, cylinder integrity issues... sucking in water doesnt stop a motor dead in its tracks and just contaminate spark plugs or injectors.
Sorry to be the honest douche in the bunch, but we all know it.
I'm not trying to sugar coat anything. Yeah, he's going to get a new engine. That means insurance is willing to let the old engine go for cheap. If it's simply top end issues, that's not expensive or hard to fix. I've seen it happen before. New head(s), plugs, injector, and he could have an extra motor for CHEAP. If you're going to be wheeling your Jeep (sounds like the OP is b/c he mentioned getting a snorkel), it's always good to have an extra motor.
The fact that it turned over and ran tells me that the block is most likely in good shape. It doesn't tell you much about the bottom end, but it's still turning on it's own.
If you're the type of person that likes to let engines like that go into the junk yard, that's fine. I love finding things like that at the junkyard (cheap and easy to fix). All I'm saying is there's no reason to completely write the engine off if he hasn't even looked into what's the issue.