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Kia Optima EX: 2006.5 Kia Optima; 96K miles; timing belt broke

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2006.5 Kia Optima; 96K miles; timing belt broke with some damage to piston heads. Should I repair the head gasket etc or cut my loss and run?

If the car itself is in pretty decent shape I would put in a low mileage used motor. It'll be cheaper then going in and doing pistons, head etc. Plus usually you can get a warranty on the used motors. There's some on this website for around 2 grand. Alternatively If you just decide to patch it and resell I'd check www.rockauto for replacement parts.
I figure an 06 with under 100k could probably be sold for 3500-4500 so in my opinion I it would be worth fixing.

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