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2017 Engine Sludge= New Engine?

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Weird problem. I just bought a used 2017 QX60 with 30k miles on it from CarMax less than a week ago. It is leaking oil and is still under carmax warranty so I took it in. They first told me it needed a new front valve gasket but when they took it apart they noticed that their was sludge in the engine. They recommend that we returned the car with CarMax's 7 day return policy and found something else. I asked about fixing the issue and they said the only solution was the replace the entire engine which I could have them do since it is still under their warranty. The engine work would be done by the Infiniti dealer on CarMax's dime unless Infiniti decided it was covered by manufacturers warranty. We have no service records on the car.

Soooo the question is do you...
1)Return the car and find another one?
2)Keep the car and get a new free engine?

What do you guys think?
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I have a 2017 QX60 Base AWD, so far 96k miles, bought it new paid an extra $4k for extended warranty until 120k miles. In the past 4 years, I have replaced the Battery (Optima Yellow top), Rotors/Brake (R1 concepts slotted w/ 30% off and EBC brake pads) and tires (Michelin Latitude Tour). Dealer fixed a recall with the ABS pump, got a free brake fluid flush. They also replaced front 2 shocks, and a coupling in the drivetrain under warranty. I replaced the 2 front lower control arms, rear shocks and sway bar bushing because the car didn’t take bumps well and was getting sloppy. Also did CVT oil change and AWD transfer-case gear oil change for $650 from Dealer to maintain warranty. Now I did a bunch of research on this carbon build up on the intake valves due to the 2017 and up QX60/Pathfinder models being direct injected. No seafoam or spray product will fix it. What you need is to do ‘walnut blasting’, the process requires removal of the whole intake manifold and hooking up a hose to blast walnut shells to manually remove carbon build up on the intake valves, It’s a 3+hours job. Also at the same time install an Air/oil separator or catch can so that the PCV doesn’t put oil in your intake that later cakes up on the intake valves. If you check BMW/Audi forums there’s people offering to do walnut blasting for $250-$300 but a reputable shop will charge around $500 and dealers $1,400. Also the 2nd row passenger seat mechanism broke making the seat wobbly, dealer said it’s not covered and wanted $2k, I declined and got one from the junkyard for $250. Also did u guys notice on the Pathfinder 2nd row passenger door panel, there is a cup holder at the top, but for QX60 2rd row door panel they deleted the cup holder at the top. Idk if anyone has swapped over a door panel from a pathfinder to qx60, cup holder at the top of the door panel would be convenient.
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I also installed some DeeZee running boards, looks better than the OEM ones. Reminds me of the Mercedes GL450 running boards. I just ordered a Mann ProVent 200 IV, looking to have it installed to keep the Intake bone dry.
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