You're right. The parts they mentioned won't cause anything close to what you described. With the excessive oil leakage the cause should be pretty easy to determine.
In my opinion most GM small cars hold up miserably in a crash so I would look at this as an opportunity to trade it for anything else. If you consider the value of the car, then subtract the cost of replacing the entire engine, most new and used car dealers will give you more than that toward a different car.
Should you choose to have the car repaired, a mechanic is going to have to look at it to determine whether the engine can be repaired or if it's less expensive to install a good used one. Many shops will do a preliminary inspection at no or little cost so they can give you an estimate. Even if you have to pay for a professional opinion, that will be better than getting lots of advice from people who know even less about cars than you do.
Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 AT 11:40 PM