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Old 01-26-2017, 10:12 AM   #1
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Default 2008 Vue Redline, Needing New Head Gasket

So I've been fighting a coolant battle since last April. Basically, I need to replace coolant every 2-4 weeks. I've spent 1.3K on repairs so far, ranging from coolant flushings, valve replacements, and a burned out alternator (fluid leaked out into it while driving). For a few months, it actually seemed fixed.

Then over the holidays, I noticed it was super low after making the 260 mile trip to my parents house. I refilled it, and checked it closely. 3 weeks later, I'm back down to MIN. So I took it in. Mechanic kept it overnight, and says having ruled out everything else, the only thing left it could be is a bad head gasket.

The good news is that it's not cracked, as oil and coolant aren't mixing. So very faint silver lining.

The bad news, is that the mechanic says they can't verify it without taking the engine apart, which they can't do as they don't have the specialized tools that this particular model apparently needs for that. They advised I take it to the dealership, and warned me it would cost me about $2.2K, maybe more.

This seems like throwing good money after bad, and that I might almost be better off trying to sell it or trade it in.

Is there someone on here with greater knowledge and experience that can tell me if their advice is solid, or if there are any alternatives I'm not aware of? Since they recommended taking it to a dealer for repair, I'm less inclined to be suspicious of the mechanic themselves, as they wouldn't be making a profit besides the $70 diagnositc fee I already paid them.

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