Re: To Recon or not to Recon ?
it depends what has happend to your engine, but there are few cases where you cant repair your original engine and keep it, yet there are many cases where it is cheaper to fit a different engine.
buying a second hand engine is the same as buying a second hand car, its very safe if you know what you're doing and a real risk if you dont. a compression test takes no time at all, costs next to nothing, and tells you a hell of a lot about an engine. that is what i always do when buying an engine. then i always give it a full service before fitting, including all belts.
in your case you have oil pump failure. assuming no other damage has occured i would replace your oil pump, that isnt expensive, certainly not £1300. assuming you ignored the warning light and drove it until it failed from a lack of oil circulation, then its time to replace the engine. you're looking at more than a recon to get it right afer overheating like that, realistically nothing will fix the damage from extreme overheating and oil starvation to the point of seizing, and even if it could it isnt worth the money.
if it was me i'd get a scrapyard engine, service it, fit it, and forget all about it.
oil pump failure is so rare i doubt that is the problem. have you checked the oil level? most failures like this are due to low oil because people dont check and top up often enough (should be weekly on a TS)