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Old 02-14-09, 01:30 AM   #1
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Breeze to the junkyard :(

Well my wife was on her way home when the head gasket blew. This is two weeks after paying $1,000 for replacing the fuel pump in the gas tank and some other work. She was just riding along and Wham, white crap coming from the tail pipe and after taking the engine apart to replace the gasket we find out that the head has massive electrolysis around each port and valve. We were lucky it lasted this long. It just went over 200,000 miles and it was a 96 model.

I will miss the car but its simply is not worth the 2,200 (approx) to fix. This sucks and to top it off this week has been a stressful week anyway with one thing and another. Whine,,,,,,,,,,,

I started my new/used car search today and was looking at a 2008 Hyundai Sonata loaded for about 17,000 used. It has about 12,000 miles on it. One good thing is I have presidents week off so I have time to look for a car. But man this sucks, not a good time at all. Snivel, whine.....

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Old 02-14-09, 03:12 AM   #2
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Sad tale indeed. My condolences. I'm not sure electrolysis is the word to use when describing the damage to the head. Corrosion is probably what you meant. I've done some head work on my car, and I've changed a head gasket or two. Everytime I take a head off, I give it a thorough cleaning and pay close attention to the valves and valve seats. The issue with combustion chambers and carbon buildup is that it can serve as a sponge, holding moisture inside the chamber when not in operation, which contributes to the corrosion. So keep those heads clean people!

If you were set on keeping that car, you might have luck finding a replacement head from a junkyard. You have to know what to look for though. First thing to look for is why the car is in the junkyard to begin with. High miles and a car that looks uncared for is often a giveaway. Low miles and a wrecked rear end or side impact is ideal. Removing and looking at the spark plugs can lead to clues about the engine health.

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Old 02-14-09, 08:53 AM   #3
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That's too bad. Good luck finding a good deal on a new (used) car. It's probably not your favorite way to spend a long weekend, but it seems that you didn't have any extensive/expensive travel plans that were ruined by this (but if you did, at least your car didn't break down while far from home).

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My wife has been very happy with the Hyundai Elantra we got her a couple years ago. I've heard equally good things about the Sonata. If the 08 is loaded, and you really need (or at least really want) it loaded, appears to be a good deal.
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$1,000.00 to replace a fuel pump? geeez.
that's why I do that work myself.
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Old 02-15-09, 05:06 PM   #6
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Fuel pump, You have to pull the gas tank and such stuff, plus some other work and the fact I really do hate, repeat hate working on cars.

Yeah, also, I am not sure what the mech meant by electrolysis but the head and block were toast and I simply did not want to have my wife drive a car that sketchey. We picked up the Hyundai Sonata yesterday, what a Valentines gift for her. I had to talk her into it and my reasoning was that I wanted her in a car that we didn't have to worry about every day.

I told her now it is my turn to start looking for a bike or two, (for her of course). Wink wink nudge etc.

She is out now driving her car, taking her friend for a drive. Her commute is 35 miles each way so I'm not sure why she is out taking a spin today.

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Old 02-15-09, 08:24 PM   #7
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The timing of the previous repair was not good. When cars start to get around the 200,000 mark, it gets harder and harder to put money into them considering you never know when the something major is going to happen. I had one car that I owned with 216,000 on it and I ended up selling it because it still ran pretty good.

How long had you owned that vehicle?
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We got the car at five years old with about 60,000 miles on it back in about 2001. We got very good use out of it. I think the reason it lasted as long as it did was that most of the miles were freeway miles and my wife drives 35 miles to work one way.

We really liked the car but after the first grand we could not see pumping more money down the hole.

My wife took her new to her car out today and gave it a longer spin. Sounds good so far.
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200,000 miles does not seem to be that good... my old Nissan has over 600,000 miles on it.

My old Toyota had nearly 500,000 miles on it last time I checked.

So what I am saying is look for a Toyota / Nissan / Honda.
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We got the Hyundai, and you're right, 200k is not all that hot. It had a couple of oil leaks for as long as we owned the car and the mech said just keep filling it up because that was what that engine does/did. Other than that it was a nice car.

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Fuel pump, You have to pull the gas tank and such stuff, plus some other work and the fact I really do hate, repeat hate working on cars.

Yeah, also, I am not sure what the mech meant by electrolysis but the head and block were toast and I simply did not want to have my wife drive a car that sketchey. We picked up the Hyundai Sonata yesterday, what a Valentines gift for her. I had to talk her into it and my reasoning was that I wanted her in a car that we didn't have to worry about every day.

I told her now it is my turn to start looking for a bike or two, (for her of course). Wink wink nudge etc.

She is out now driving her car, taking her friend for a drive. Her commute is 35 miles each way so I'm not sure why she is out taking a spin today.

Steven
I see that you had other repair work done, I'm hoping that the other repair work was the majority of the $1k bill. I used to have an old BMW, and the fuel pump went out on it. The dealership only charged $300 to drop the tank & replace the pump.

Also, my brother has had at least two Hyundais, and loves them. His track record with them convinced my parents and an aunt & uncle to buy Hyundais.
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Old 02-16-09, 12:16 PM   #12
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I must admit that the largest part of the bill was dropping the tank and reinstalling it. Is this a guilt over repairs thread? I am already having buyers remorse, but that will pass. All in fun.

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