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I recently purchased a 2006 AWD Pilot which I love. It is (was) in great condition with one owner and no accidents. Unfortunately a couple of weeks ago it overheated on me and broke down. The mechanic told me it was an easy repair - just a hose, the radiator cap, and some coolant. I paid for the repairs and left happy. Then, one week after that the Pilot broke down a second time while driving on the freeway. This time the mechanic says the engine is dead and that it will cost almost $10,000 to replace.

I asked for a written diagnosis from the mechanic and it reads like this:

During diagnostics we found engine oil to be ok. The coolant reservoir flow tube was disconnected and the radiator was at least 1 gallon low. We checked it at starting and the radiator is building pressure even when engine is cold indicating a head leak. Also once started (very difficult) we are finding there to be a loud knocking from the block area indicating a "rod knock" and a fatal engine condition. This vehicle will need a new long block/engine replacement.

As I'm not an expert are there any ways to save this vehicle that won't set me back $10,000? Is it worth getting a second opinion here or trying something different? I'm grateful for any thoughts and ideas.
 

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Given the potential cost, I would almost certainly get a second opinion. Particularly, I'd look into a well known independent Honda specialist. Of course spending $10,000 on an engine for a car that old is not practical.
Honestly, your best option would be getting a salvaged engine from a junk yard and just paying for install. Be sure you get the correct engine as there are several variations. Ideally, you could get the VIN off of the "donor" car to confirm it is the correct fit and that the engine has been maintained well. Hopefully you can get an engine for $1,000 or less and then pay labor.

Of course the other solution is to junk the car and get a new one. But if the car is in good condition and you like it, putting a few thousand dollars in it isn't a horrible idea!

Sorry this happened! Good luck.
 

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thank you very much for your reply. I really appreciate your perspective. Admittedly the idea of having to find an engine in a junkyard seems a bit daunting at this point. I've never even visited a junkyard. But I can look into it. Thank you!


Given the potential cost, I would almost certainly get a second opinion. Particularly, I'd look into a well known independent Honda specialist. Of course spending $10,000 on an engine for a car that old is not practical.
Honestly, your best option would be getting a salvaged engine from a junk yard and just paying for install. Be sure you get the correct engine as there are several variations. Ideally, you could get the VIN off of the "donor" car to confirm it is the correct fit and that the engine has been maintained well. Hopefully you can get an engine for $1,000 or less and then pay labor.

Of course the other solution is to junk the car and get a new one. But if the car is in good condition and you like it, putting a few thousand dollars in it isn't a horrible idea!

Sorry this happened! Good luck.
 
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