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I own a 2006 Range Rover Sport HSE with 101K miles, excellent condition, well-taken care, garaged and has seen very few winter roads, all maintance did per OEM recommendation & schedule.

Background:I moved to city 2 years ago, my RRS HSE has been driven less than 500 miles the past two years, it has spent most of the time in climate control garage, due this I did put STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer in gas tank. I try to take for a quick drive once a month but to business travel sometimes not possible, recently it was parked for 3 months, went to take for drive, when applying accelerator it smoked VERY BAD through exhaust, thought it was smoking because bad fuel, decided to park outside to try to run out fuel, ran for approximately 6 hours until dark outside, was going to drive back to garage, still smoking very bad, while at stop light I turn off ignition, upon light turning green I tried to start, I turned over ignition, very loud bang occured and sound of metal hitting metal, I did not try to start again. I had RRS towed on a flat bed to independent Land Rover Repair Specialist garage outside Boston.
Today the mechanic called me and stated, "The long block has a hole in it on the back side, due to something inside (the connecting rod, the crank, the piston, I'm not sure which one,) coming apart violently. That being said I do not know the condition of the timing components, on the front side of the motor that control the valve-train. If the motor jumped time when it grenaded it could have done damage to the valves and or the heads. I am not sure unless we take the motor apart." He provided an estimate of $16,000 and stated it could be more depending on additional damage found once repair process is started.
Can Engine be replaced with a more LOWER & more reasonable price (50% less) with a used / rebuilt low mileage engine? If yes, any recommendation on dependable to buy used RRS engine? Any recommendations on experienced Range Rover mechanics with replacing engines?
If no, any recommendations / contacts on selling my RRS for as much as possible for parts salvage?
This is such a devastating financial lost trying to understand feasible options and honest / trustworthy contacts (for engines, mechanics or place for salvage). Greatly appreciate any help
 

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If you apparently never drive it, why not part it out and cut your losses? Used engines can be had for much less ($2-4K on ebay), but any dealer is going to charge you $2-$3K to swap the engines.... Sounds like the PCV valve failed, resulting in burning oil out of the engine (hence the smoke) and eventually starving the engine of oil, leading to catastrophic engine failure. If there is no oil in the engine, don't bother to pay your mechanic to further diagnose the engine. It's done....

I can't understand why someone would see tons of smoke pouring from their exhaust and immediately think bad fuel (which should only cause mis-fires, rough running & rough idling) and then basically destroying the engine. You probably also nuked the catalytic converts also.....
 
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