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Blown engine My husband and I just left the quick lube shop and found out that they did not replace the oil that they just changed. Now the car is dead and they have to pay for it. We are wondering What kind of engine if we were to replace it should we replace it with? What kind of warranty should we ask for? Should the engine be rebuilt? If they offer us the option of cash or repair, what does a rebuilt/new engine cost for a buick centry 1999, parts and labor? Most importantly, the transmision was going out also, should we even get the engine replaced?

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Have them buy it new stock moter that was orginal in it those dumb asses lol

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    redo trainie also when u get new moter



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