There are times when replacing your car’s engine is exactly the right thing to do, and times when it’s definitely a false economy. The question is, how do you know which is which?
If the engine goes on your car, or looks like it’s about to soon, you’ve got a big question to answer. Do you replace it, or do you cut your losses and start looking for a new car? You should be able to buy a second-hand or reconditioned engine relatively cheaply from a breakers, but the cost of the engine alone isn’t the only factor to consider.
What went wrong?
Most engines should manage a good 150,000 miles nowadays, but that distance brings with it a lot of wear and tear to the car as a whole, not just the engine. As far as your engine itself is concerned, some of the major faults that are likely to make [...]