You are right the oil rings can be replaced, problem is the labor involved to remove engine and tear down to bare block (remove rods and pistons) would probably exceed the cost of the new engine.
And there may be other damage to cylinder walls, which may require oversize pistons and a lot of machine work.
I would look for a used engine, you can find low mile engines ( in a rear end collision for example), where the engine is in good shape, but car was totaled.
Are they talking about a long block (block, pistons and head) or a short block (block with pistons installed)?
Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 AT 9:48 AM