2002 Kia Rio timing belt engine replacement

Tiny
SPOONER1953
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  • 2002 KIA RIO
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 82,000 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.
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Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 AT 9:21 PM

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Tiny
DAVE H
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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 !
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Thursday, January 7th, 2010 AT 6:06 AM

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