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    Con rod snapped on 2014 Octavia VRS estate


    I've never been on a forum before but I need the Skoda experts help seeing as Skoda themselves are not interested. I have an October 2014 Skoda Octavia VRS estate which broke down in France in August. After taking 7 weeks to get it back via the RAC it went to Skoda who diagnosed that it was a snapped con rod and basically it's destroyed the engine. I thought that with the age of the vehicle and mileage (75K), the fact it had been serviced in line with the manufacturer recommendation (but not with Skoda direct) and that there were no indications of an issue that they may be willing to assist with the £8K cost for a replacement engine but it seems that because they weren't legally obliged and because it was outside the 3 year warranty and I didn't buy it direct from Skoda that wasn't the case (not that I'm bitter and angry). The car is worth about £9-£10K so not worth £8K to replace the engine through Skoda.

    Does anyone have any recommendations of where I can get a second hand or reconditioned engine with a 12 month warranty for a reasonable price. I've been on various sites but you get a mixture of those with 90 day warranty, some will only recon my engine if I send it in and some will only supply and fit. I really need the car back on the road as I've been without it for 3 months already but I want the car to last a few more years yet. The issue with getting it rebuilt is that I think the con rod has blown a hole in the block so even if I send it away to be done, the price I'm being given now could be significantly different when they actually get the engine. Anyone got any suggestions, advice, help, seen or had anything similar. I know very little about cars but at the minute this is going to pretty much wipe me out financially and I brought this car thinking it would last a fair few years


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    Diesel then, usually they break the crank.
    2003 Skoda Octavia VRS Estate. APR 98RON remap, APR R1 diverter valve, Jetex exhaust, K&N panel filter, 7.5x18 Alutec Monstr wheels with 225/40 18 Uniroyal Rainsport 3 tyres.
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