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Re: 146 TI Engine out,
This is the sign of an oil starved engine and so to say it was common would be blaming the designer rather than the owner that neglected it.
If the big end shells are worn but the crank is not then ensure it's not ovaled then just replace the big end shells, the Main shells will probably be fine, but if the big end shells have worn, then you really have to look at the cams, all the pictures of what your looking out for are in that other thread, but remember, rotate the CRANK to turn the engine over when checking the cams or you'll damage the belt.
Almost forgot, It's easiest/quickest to DROP the engine/gearbox/suspension and subframe as a unit then strip it all down out of the car, but failing that I normally remove the O/S suspension, then gearbox and strip the engine in situ, leaving the block itself inside the car.