New guy here in the Honda world and looking for advice. My daughter has a 97 Civic EX (automatic) with 125k miles, and it has an oil leak (not from the cam seal) at the front corner (Driver side) of the head. Took it to a garage and he said I would probably need a new head (also said he never saw an oil leak from there before). Then he said if I replaced the head there is a good chance the bottom end won't hold up. I found a shop in South Florida to replace the engine (D16Y8) with a used engine with approx. 50k miles, for $1500 complete. I have been trying to learn about swaps on Hondas but it seems they are a little more difficult than what I have done in the past (60's & 70's American muscle cars) with OBD 0,1,2, what engine is compatable with what system, and front wheel drive. I found a couple of D17A2 engines (00-05) but I cannot find any compatabilty articles. She uses this car for basic transportation and does not want it hotrodded. I have even thought about going to a Tuner night at a local spot to see if anyone could help me there. Any help, or advice on what to do what be appreciated.