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'97 Toyota Tercel, Replacement Engine

Q: Toyota's are supposed to run forever, right? So I bought a '97 Tercel with 45k on it but less than 10k later a cylinder blows and my mechanic says the cheapest, most reliable way to fix the problem is to drop in an engine from another Tercel with similar mileage on it. So I did that. My question now is, was the blown cylinder a fluke or do Tercels have a history of this? Should I be worrying about the "new" engine blowing a cylinder? Should I unload the car now while it seems to be running fine?"

A: Toyota does make a good vehicle and with the right care will last for the long haul. But, Toyota's like other vehicles are a machine and machines do break. When it comes to engine failure I've found it to be very random on low mileage engines. Something just goes wrong and the engine rips itself apart. Maintenance is not a factor in these cases and it is unlikely that there will be a warning , noise, shake or the sound of pending doom. It just all breaks loose and leaves you with a broken engine. If it were my vehicle and I liked it a replacement used engine with similar or lower mileage would suit me fine.

 
     
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