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Did a search on here before I posted and only found one thread that was also asking for engine recommendations, but there wasn't a lot of info on it.....I'm shopping around for a 2002 S2 recon engine as mine of 119k miles gave up the ghost and has 3 cylinders full of water.  The last time the head gasket was done the head had to be skimmed and welded 3 times, so it's definitely up the spout.  My other half is willing to drop the old one out, put all the necessary bits on a recon one and re-fit it so I don't need a COMPLETE "just drop it in, ready to go" engine, just the block/head and sump, pistons/rings etc.  I think the exhaust gasket has gone too, but until we drop the engine out we'll not know.  Apologies if this is a bit nonsensical but I'm not right on with all the technical bumf, that's my OH's department.

Any places I should avoid?  I don't want to just randomly pick somewhere off Google, would rather hear first-hand accounts.

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I recall in the only other thread I saw about recon engines you recommended the same guy, and the reply was that the OP had had a few bad experiences with them.  ES have done work for me now and then and I had to take the car back as there were still problems, so hmmmm not sure on that one :/

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