Q: Engine failed, what can I do?

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I had the engine in my 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 fail on me after just 100,000 miles. I changed the oil regularly and never noticed anything unusual. For the last few thousand miles before the engine failed, the truck began going through a lot of oil compared to what it usually took. I assumed it was just getting older and running a bit rougher, but now I am beginning to wonder if I should have suspected something sooner. Is there any way to go about replacing the engine cheaply? Also, can I do anything to make the next one less likely to fail?

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