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Hmmm big end big problem??

hi im new to this forum, bought my alfa gt 2.0 jts on the 8th feb from a dealer. when i got it home i checked the oil 3 or 4 times and the dipstick read to the full mark, then on the same week that sat so 5 days later all of a sudden low oil pressure came on the dash and the engine was making a thumpimg noise immediately so i pulled over left the engine for 20 min and checked the oil this time reading at the bottom dipstick line, so havin used about a litre of oil in about 400 miles. i have been told it sounds like the big end has gone so i contacted the dealer havin only owned the car for 5 days, now he is saying he will just have the big end fixed cheaply and im worried he will do a cheap quick repair. do you think the oil usage is excessive as he is saying if it was using too much oil it would have shown on the emissions last month. and would a full proper repair be a full engine rebuild? any help greatly appreciated!!!
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Do you mean big end bearings? you have to fill the oil again and go to your mechanic to check compression and oil pressure. Compression and oil pressure will tell you alot of your engine condition...
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not sure just got told the big end had gone because of the knocking?. i have filled the oil back up to near top and started the engine and its still reading low compression on the dash and knocking, plus got told not to drive it as this could b;ow it altogether.
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well if the big end has gone then you have to take it apart and check crankshaft, conrods, main bearings etc. since it is an TS motor should not be so difficult.You have couple of rebuild threads here, just search for them and let us know what was the problem with TS
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Take it back and ask for you money back...
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Take it back

and as for excessive oil usage showing up on thee emmissions that is b*****ks if the oil was cleanly burnt then it would still have passed.
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Agree with Biffa. Take it back and ask for your money back.

If the dealer fixes it on the cheap it will go again, and probably just after the warranty has run out.
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Its no different to a toaster, if they give you trouble get trading standards involved... Oh and leave a hidden note inside for the new owner as i'm sure it will be back on the forecourt ASAP...
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It's a big job if the cank is marked.

If done right, its a big job.

A few things I've learned while trying to get mine sort out. The bits that have come off the crank, are now everywhere in the engine. Causeing damage to every rotating part. So far I've spent R6500 on getting the bottom end sorted. I still need to get new pumps, head bolts, head gasket set and a list of other parts as long as my arm. However, when I'm done my hope it that the engine will be 100% and run just right for a long time to come.

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thanks guys for your advice the car is currently having a replacement engine fitted!!!
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