Blew a piston: What the hell do I do

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    Jun 19, 2014 9:23 PM GMT
    I'm driving on the Arizona Freeway at 80mph in my little 4 cylinder Scion Xa when a quick puff of smoke and a pop happens.

    The engine slowly Whirrs down to nothing.

    I notice NO coolant left in the reservoir, FUCK. (I just took a road trip for work this weekend, Huge elevation gain, lot of stress on the engine)

    Okay, maybe it just overheated and a hose blew and drained the coolant??!?!

    Maybe there IS a God? Maybe this will cost me 20 bucks and I'll be more mindful of coolant in the summer?!

    I had it towed to a local mechanic...

    He says a piston blew. Either from normal wear and tear, or from the abuse by the heat.....

    I'm told my engine must be replaced - I know nothing about the subject.

    I'm going to be taking my car to get multiple opinions, but as it stands I am looking at thousands of dollars of cost on a car that is barely worth it.

    Selling for scrap and leasing something else seems like a better option.

    With the limited information I've provided (Still figuring out details), is there a good option in which I don't get an entirely new engine??
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    Jun 19, 2014 9:30 PM GMT
    No.
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    Jun 19, 2014 9:41 PM GMT
    Yeah that's the answer I've come across.

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    Jun 19, 2014 9:44 PM GMT
    Blowing pistons?.. icon_eek.gif
    That's hardcore. ...

    Hope ya didn't chip a tooth.
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    Jun 19, 2014 9:47 PM GMT
    lol...one of those "bargaining" stages...

    "Maybe there IS a God? Maybe this will cost me 20 bucks and I'll be more mindful of coolant in the summer?!"

    http://enginenuts.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/1961-Jaguar-XKE.jpg

    Oops!

    http://www.recover-from-grief.com/7-stages-of-grief.html
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    Jun 19, 2014 9:47 PM GMT
    ThePenIsMyTier said
    With the limited information I've provided (Still figuring out details), is there a good option in which I don't get an entirely new engine??

    Only an option if the engine didn't seriously self-destruct. I don't have enough information, either. Though I was a Certified Master Automobile Mechanic, not seeing the "patient" I really can't know. A second opinion would be helpful, especially from a dealer. Private auto shops will rip you off as soon as look at you.

    No coolant in the reservoir doesn't necessarily mean no coolant in the engine, a catastrophic development at 80 mph. No overheating warning light came on, the temperature gauge wasn't high?

    Damaged engines can be repaired. But most private shops don't do that work anymore, they'll just buy a rebuilt engine from a company that specializes in rebuilds, and then install it in your car.

    A dealer might be willing to rebuild an engine, depending on the extent of the damage. Which is what we don't know at this point. I really think you need a second opinion, and confirm what's wrong. Then you can make decisions.
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    Jun 19, 2014 9:48 PM GMT
    "I'm going to be taking my car to get multiple opinions, but as it stands I am looking at thousands of dollars of cost"


    Ask the mechanic you're already dealing with about the cost of a rebuilt engine(it will come with a warranty btw).

    Get his price, then call around to a few other shops.

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    Jun 19, 2014 10:35 PM GMT
    I've researched extensively(ish), this is my final answer:

    http://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/cto/4529004081.html

    Anyone in Arizona interested in making some money off of my misfortune?!
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    Jun 20, 2014 1:54 AM GMT
    ThePenIsMyTier saidI've researched extensively(ish), this is my final answer:

    http://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/cto/4529004081.html

    Anyone in Arizona interested in making some money off of my misfortune?!

    I think you'll get more offers for the rims, than for the car. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 20, 2014 1:58 AM GMT
    xrichx said
    ThePenIsMyTier saidI've researched extensively(ish), this is my final answer:

    http://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/cto/4529004081.html

    Anyone in Arizona interested in making some money off of my misfortune?!

    I think you'll get more offers for the rims, than for the car. icon_biggrin.gif


    Car with no compressor (no AC), no motor, and some other issues -

    Sold for $2,000 in about an hour.
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    Jun 21, 2014 2:05 AM GMT
    xrichx said
    ThePenIsMyTier saidI've researched extensively(ish), this is my final answer:

    http://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/cto/4529004081.html

    Anyone in Arizona interested in making some money off of my misfortune?!

    I think you'll get more offers for the rims, than for the car. icon_biggrin.gif


    ButT the rimming ..... priceless.