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Engine replacement due overheating problem

I already consulted and had my civic97/vti cheked with honda car services in my town (u.n.avenue manila,philippines) my radiator is in good condition, they replaced the thermo valve and sensor and still it overheats. they said i might have had the overheating problem for a long time without noticing it due to inaccurate reading of the sensor and on the gage. thou they have not touch or opened the engine theres already a sign of oil and h20 mixing up together, its like a thick lite choco syrup.Theyre consediring an ENGINE REPLACEMENT and not just rephasing it. this will cost a lot and its like buying another second hand car.

Is there any other option before biting into it? im consediring a SURPLUS ENGINE for replacement, is it the right thing to do? what and how do i look for a good one? or since il be replacing it, id like to upgrade it to a more powerfull engine. what type of honda engine should i look for?

Can i still use my car to work without getting into any trouble its like 9km frm home to my office.

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The syrup you are seeing (if it is white) is emulsification (water mixing with oil) with all due respect that car is too old to throw a lot of money at.
The emulsification would tie in with the overheating problem, this sounds more like a head gasket gone or a crack in the cylinder head.
I would take it to somewhere else and get a quote for a replacement cylinder head gasket and valve clean job, don't bother to check your cylinder head for cracks because crack testing is an expensive service, go to a breakers yard and get a second hand head to replace yours with.

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