At Accurate Automotive, we are proud to say that our technical staff still performs complete engine overhaul procedures on Honda and Acura 4 and 6 cylinder engines. This is not as common as some may assume. Most repair shops and dealership service departments simply install a used engine from a junk yard, out of a dismantled (wrecked) car. Mostly this is due to the inexperience of the technical staff at other shops. It takes more time to look up the parts, pull the engine, rebuild the engine, and then install the freshly rebuilt engine. Instead the other guys and 'extended warranty' companies lean more toward installing a 'like part' - which in this case they are referring to a used engine.
To the right is an engine that we overhauled, out of a 2001 Acura CL Type S. The timing belt broke while the owner was driving the vehicle on the interstate - a combination of cheap aftermarket parts and poor maintenance practices. We removed the engine, disassembled, cleaned, and reassembled with genuine Honda piston rings, rod bearings, timing belt components and seals. The cylinder head rebuilding was performed at an excellent automotive machine shop that we use in Nashville.
If you have a major engine issue on a Honda or Acura vehicle, and the vehicle is more than 5 to 7 years old; don't install a used engine - usually referred to as a 'like part' by shops and warranty companies. Most of the time, used engines are sold with service and maintenance history that is unknown and mileage that cannot be authenticated. And a parts warranty on a used engine may not protect the owner of the vehicle against replacement costs, if the used engine installed was bad. And while the vehicle is down, alternative transportation is having to be arranged. Do it right the first time.