2002 Kia Rio

Engine Mechanical problem
2002 Kia Rio 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 82000 miles

My 2002 Kia Rio quit on the interstate - mechanic at the tow shop removed all plugs and claims timing belt blew and threw valves into #4 piston -plug was damaged, scope suggested valve ruined piston- implies $2500 bill to replace with used engine

Is it worth spending money further to a mechanic to confirm the damage is more than just bent/broken valves, or simpler to replace the engine and not bother with further diagnostic work?

I have seen from numerous ads and comments that timing belt problems are common with this motor after 60-80k miles.
January 3, 2010.

Timing belt is a common fault on this vehicle. If the mechanic has looked into the cylinder with a scope he should have seen the damaged piston ! So further diagnostic procedures would be a waste of money !

Dave H
Jan 7, 2010.