I recently purchased a used (about 76,000 miles) 2008 Honda Element LX. I just took it to shop for the state inspection. Mechanic said everything looked okay except that the oil drain plug was backed out of the pan about halfway. In his opinion, it was just barely hanging on. He said he could remove the plug and check it out, but if he did and it turns out it needs a new oil pan, it would cost about $700.
I contacted the dealer about this. Unfortunately, replacing the oil pan isn’t covered in the 30-day powertrain warranty, but dealer said they could replace the pan for $400. But the dealership is over 1 hour away, and I’m concerned if I drive that far, I could do more damage to the car or even blow the engine! Of course I could have it towed, but that’ll cost something too.