My 2004 Mazda 3 (83K miles) has a hole in the 3rd cylinder. I took my car to the Mazda Dealership as I was still under extended warranty. They were able to get the extended warranty company to replace my short block (at first they only wanted to do the rings).
They tried to get Mazda to cover the rest of the engine but to no avail.
My question is should I only replace the short block or should I do the whole shebang. Total cost is 7K but I would be charged 2400 of that. I have heard with replacing the short engine and not the long engine you may run into troubles with pressures etc.