Fellow co-worker has a 2007 Toyota Camry with 100K+ miles. Per her report, she lent the car to a friend over the weekend, but received a call later that evening informing her the car started to buckle and eventually shut off after a left turn. Car was not being driven aggressively. Car towed to nearby mechanic, who alleged the engine had no oil on the dipstick and was "knocking really bad." Mechanic also said battery terminal was bad, which he replaced. After putting fresh oil in the car, he said the car continued to knock and kept dying out. Per the mechanic, car was being driven without oil for some time. Co-worker, who is diligent in this regard, routinely gets oil replaced, most recently 3-months ago at a lube shop. Car ran fine up till this event. Mechanic towed car to co-worker's house, stating the entire engine needs to be replaced, which will set her back approximately $5,000 - funds which she does not have, especially being a student.
Any other explanations for what might be going on? Co-worker said car does start, per the mechanic, but does not accelerate, and eventually dies out. The knocking part sounds peculiar, cause a car without oil typically screeches with the metal-on-metal movement. Also, co-worker said no colored exhaust that would suggest oil being burned.
Since people will likely want "pics of co-worker or get out" I give you this Google Image searched photo of co-workers discussing a project at work. I personally prefer the blonde on the left, as she seems she would be into ATM