Hello and welcome, I'm sorry to hear about all the trouble you've had with your car
Just to check, how recently was the car in for the valve spring recall?
It's interesting the garage said the wrong filter and oil was used and so quickly. Did they send the oil away for analysis?
Out of interest, do you know what oil/filter the independent garage actually used?
Thinking about it, I believe the recall would have meant an oil change and the recall will have been done within the last 12 months? So why the extra service, it's not a bad thing, far from it. I'm just trying to workout the timeline.
Putting all of that to one side for now, I believe a 2nd engine can be had for around £3k or so. This is no small sum of money, especially in relation to the value of your car, being a '13 with 77k on the clock.
I guess you could make an insurance claim but I might cost you dearly in the long run!
Rebuild wise, it's hard to know if it would be feasible, not without knowing the exact damage done, so a new engine would probably be a better option??
If budget allows, I'd be tempted to sell the car as is and use the money as a deposit against another 86 or BRZ.
But... we need to work out what the story is around the recall first.
You mention you the recall, have you had this done? This will change the advice given going forward.
Beat me too it! As ever, it took me ages to reply