Mrs Vibesg was starting a new job this morning so she left pretty early. She phoned around 8.30 to report her location. She was on the M40 Southbound when she reported a clackety noise in the engine. I advised her to pull over at the next service station and I'll talk her through. She was approaching the A34 when she reported a loss of power and smoke. I asked her to get off the phone (bluetooth) quickly and concentrate on pulling over unto the hard shoulder. She reported a lot of water under the engine and lots of smoke. She was quite scared. I rang the RAC who then attended, and their verdict - Its not water but oil all over the engine bay and under the car. He reckoned a piston rod had shot through and damaged the engine. He towed Mrs V + Car to her new employers (what an entrance..I'll be taking the mickey when I see her this evening) and she got on with her day. Decisions 1. Micra Dci's are lovely little things. With 82 bhp the car has FSH (not all Nissan) and has given sterling service and 30,000 over the last 2 years of ownership. I bought it for my daughter to learn to drive. It soon became my wife's commuter car as she can run it on spit (my lingo for very economic.). Its now done 140k miles. 2. Should I invest in a replacement engine from a younger Micra Dci? 3. I haven't seen the RAC's report as yet but it will be very brief . Should I bother to have a second opinion 4. The car is now miles away from home so I can't tow it to a local Garage. I fear we may start to look for a replacement car. I've never had a car give up on me before. What do I do with the Micra?