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    Default head gasket: Worth the money?

    Alright, so papa moosey's car decided to over heat, and blow the head gasket.

    That bad boy overheated, due to not having any coolant fluid. I suck with cars, btw.

    Anyway, I was in the "boonies" and it got towed to a repair shop out there. The mechanic talked about how great shape the rest of the car was, but it just blew the head gasket.

    He said it'd be very expensive to fix, and I'd be better off scrapping it. A little bit later, his friend with a mullet came and offered to buy it off me.

    I said I'd think about it, and went home. Talking to one of the people I live with, he informs me I can get new parts fairly cheaply through a junkyard, and he knows someone who'd do the work rather cheaply...

    So, should I sell the car I paid 1800 for, which is in otherwise PERFECT condition, that retails for over 2000, to a mullet-head for 500, or would it be worth the time and expense to try and fix the damned thing?

    I know jack shit about cars, halp plox

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    Never question the wisdom of the mullet, son.

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    i seriously doubt you could change a head gasket. what kind of car is it out of curiosity?
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    All he needs is a service manual and tools.

    That could cost $300 right there.

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    See if you can get a better deal at another junkyard. Ask around. Don't bother saving the car if it's going to cost you anymore than around 600.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neildo
    i seriously doubt you could change a head gasket. what kind of car is it out of curiosity?
    its a '96 contour, 4 cylinder. Its in great shape, aside from the head gasket.

    And I couldn't do it myself, hell no. I'd have someone else do it.

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    not worth it.
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    But don't sell it to the mechanic's buddy for $500, either.

    First, get someone to help you tow it to another mechanic for 2nd opinion and price. The first mechanic, unless you know the guy, might not be telling you the whole truth.

    If the second one gives you a price close to the first (WITHOUT YOU TELLING HIM THE FIRST GUY'S PRICE), then you know he was at least shooting straight.

    If you don't want the car and have the time, part it out.
    If you want the car, Craigslist a mechanic, buy the part yourself from a Pick-A-Part and help the guy fix it.
    If you want to wash your hands of the subject, sell it to the buddy.

    You won't NEED a car while in Basic, but when you get stationed, and if the promotion is still going on, you might be able to trade the Contour in on something more reliable.
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    I'm doing reserves, so having a car is going to be a necessity when I get back from basic. Unless I don't want to get to school/training.

    Neildo, why do you say its not worth it? I was told I could get the part I needed for less then $150 dollars, and a buddy of ours can do the work, for free. He rebuilds hot rods and the like, from the ground up. I don't know anything about cars, and am not sure if anything else would be wrong.

    This was the first time it has overheated, as its coolant fluid was quite low. I haven't really checked it since I bought the car, and do recall being told it was low at one point.

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