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Today is finally the day.

My G is going in to the garage today to get a new heart transplanted in.

For a little background, my 1.4 MA popped back in October when going for a spirited drive at 73k miles. Unsure of the extent of the damage as I haven't cracked it open yet but cylinder 1 has no compression at all. I suspect it's completely toast as it's sheered the end of the spark plug off and then sprayed oil out the dipstick.

It's going in today for a complete engine swap with a much lower mileage 1.4 MA. The engine coming out is a 940A2000 and the new engine is a 940C2000 from a 150hp G. The new engine will get the coil packs, injectors & turbo from my old engine (provided a bunch of metal didn't fly through it).

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Been part of the way there. Engine went to pieces after turning a corner, like you a spark plug got decapitated.

Got a younger engine from a written off Giulietta and local specialist dropped it in. Said it was smooth with no issues.

Hope it goes equally well for you.

Assume you're going to replace the water pump and cambelt too.

Wonder if you're old multi air unit still works....
 

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Been part of the way there. Engine went to pieces after turning a corner, like you a spark plug got decapitated.

Got a younger engine from a written off Giulietta and local specialist dropped it in. Said it was smooth with no issues.

Hope it goes equally well for you.

Assume you're going to replace the water pump and cambelt too.

Wonder if you're old multi air unit still works....
Ah it's just the worst feeling isn't it!

Yeah so new engine only has 17K miles on it but whilst it's removed from the car they're going to do the cambelt and water pump just as a precautionary measure.

Interestingly the mechanic who had a look isn't convinced my current engine is completely toast. It runs and drives still so the timing isn't completely out and it hasn't thrown any codes (however I think this might be because all the protections were disabled with the tune) but sounds awful and spits out a good amount smoke because it's only running on 3cyl.

I'll report back what he says once he's had a chance to properly dig in to it and have a look.
 

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Are you certain it's not a failed MA unit? they can cause no compression aswell.
I wouldn't have thought it would be an MA unit as it was replaced at 61K so is only ~13k miles old.

And when it died, I was doing a legal and safe speed, shifted at the top of fifth gear in to 6 and it then sprayed oil back through the dipstick so it would have needed to build a considerable amount of pressure in the crank.

It could be a combination of head gasket and MA unit but I would have to be very unlucky. Also I'm missing part of a spark plug.

Haven't heard anything from my mechanic yet.

It's a moot point now anyway as I've got a basically brand new engine that I may as well just throw in as it will take less labour to do that than reconditioning my current oil/water filled engine.

I'm dying to see the full extent of the damage though. I'll be posting lots of pictures once I've got the dead block back.
 
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