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I have a car with a 1,6 engine but its all apart in the garage where it is coming from. Question is is it worth rebuilding it(had bad oil ring) or simply looking for a 2liter engine to drop in if the engine bolts up to the tranny ?

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I'm afraid its not that simple.If you change the engine size then you must also replace the computer and the wiring harness to the engine.I think I would look for a low km 1.6 and put that in.It will be a lot cheaper and a lot less complicated than changing the engine size.I don't know your financial situation but might the money be better spent towards a newer car than putting the time and effort into a 12 year old vehicle.If its a bit of a hobby and you don't mind the time and money then that's different.Good luck with whatever you decide.

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