Driving fifty miles with one quart of oil most certainly did some damage. But probably none that will show up for quite some time. (Instead of getting 10-years out of this car, you may get 5-7) He could definitely play hardball, but will it be worth it?
The only way to tell with certainty is to tear the engine down and take a look. You could do a compression check, but that could check out fine, but your lifters and cams could fail in a few months. Who knows?
And that dealer isn't going to tear down the motor out of the kindness of their heart. And if you do play hardball, how long will this take? And how long will you be without you vehicle while they replace the engine? But if I were you, I'd never take my car to that dealer again!
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 AT 5:22 PM