maydog Posted March 25, 2005 Report Share Posted March 25, 2005 Greetings, I posted a while regarding a hard starting condition with my STS (167Kmiles). Well things have gone from bad to worse. It appears that a head gasket is leaking. On startup the exhaust reeks of coolant and steams. Now it is blowing coolant out the resivoir (sp?). I have not taken it to do any pressure testing - that is the next step I guess. I have been mulling over my options and have done some looking at possible replacement vehicles. Here are my options as I see them: 1. Have dealer fix the car I think this is my preferred option. I got a quote of $2200 if the head gaskets need replacing. The interesting thing is, they say they only timesert all the bolt holes if 2 bolts have stripped threads. This seems odd and it is a reputable caddy dealer. I would insist that all holes were timeserted. My reservations on this route is that it seems that there is another problem with the engine that may drive up the cost. My car smokes pretty bad on a hard deceleration and it may have had slight hydrolock (due to stupidity on my part) some time ago. How much would valve work drive up the cost of gasket repair? Also I have several small electrical gremilins popping up. Sometimes I get a stability message and have to restart the car to make it go away, the steering system does the same thing. The codes say something about reference signals - I have not looked too hard into it yet. The seat is haywire too - but I am pretty sure it is the switch. 2. Replace engine Costlier than a repair, probably will not do this 3. Replace car I do have the funds to get another vehicle, but I was saving it up for a new minivan for the Misses. I have done a preliminary check, test drive, of possible vehicles 2001 up Olds Aurora 2000 up Pontiac Bonnevile SSEI 1999 up Seville (SLS or STS) 1999 up 300 M, have yet to test drive 2002 up Dodge intrepid The cars are nice enough, but I am pretty attached to my STS. Its hard to justify the cost for a vehicle that I just do not really want. 4. Fix engine myself I am good enough, smart enough and gosh darn it, people like me. I feel that I am capable to do a replair and I have a engine lift, manuals and most of the tools. However, I do not think I could yank the engine from the bottom in my garage - it is not large enough to manuever the car and the engine module. The caddy is my daily driver, I do not think I could go weeks without it. And that is where it is at right now. I have been doing a lot of thinking and really have not gotten any clarity on the issue. I does seem to help to writing my options down. I guess I am looking for any advice, experience from folks in the same spot. If anyone knows a good shop that will perform reasonable repairs in the Minneapolis, St. Paul or Northeast Suburbs of Minnesota, that is a plus as well. By the way, if I do decide to replace the STS, I would probably attempt to sell it person to person. I thought about asking $3000 or so, given its condition Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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