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What could be wrong with my engine? Engine light came on with clanks and it died.

(1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue)
in Stockton, CA on May 29, 2011
My Engine has about 147,000 miles on it. I recently replaced the water pump. The timing chain was replaced at about 80,000 miles. The engine has always needed another quart about every 500 miles since I bought the car new. The "Check Engine" light came on, 4000 miles after last oil change and I just added a quart the prior week. Once I pulled over about 10 minutes after I realized there really was a problem, the engine died. I was traveling downhill and noticed when I pressed the accelerator pedal, the car would not respond. I turned off the radio and would hear a rough idle as if a piston was missed. I noticed the Check Engine light had come on too. I pulled to the side and the engine died just before a bridge toll booth. I was watching the temperature and it did not go up more than usual. I checked the fluids and just waited for Caltrans to tow me. I have been told I let the oil run out, but there was a bit of oil on the dipstick and the oil light has always come on before when the oil was low. Now that I have the car home, oil is definitely on the dipstick. Any suggestions?
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on May 30, 2011
Get the car checked by a GM specialist. If you have oil in the engine and it cranks OK, then I think that the problem is not motor oil. You need to get the cause of the check engine light diagnosed.
The check engine light indicates that the computer has detected a malfunction in the engine/emission control system and has diagnostic codes and data stored which would be essential in diagnosing the problem.
A technician with a scanner can access the diagnostic codes and data and then be able to give you a diagnosis.
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