I’ve got a 2007 Mini Cooper (regular, non-S) with almost 130k on it. I’ve already replaced the timing chain in 2014 (ouch!!), but now there’s issues with coolant disappearing from the reservoir and burning (never leaking on the ground, btw). I took it to my mechanic on Friday, he found the temperature gauge/sensor was leaking so they replaced, it all seemed good.
A day or two later, coolant levels were low again and there was some smoking and burning. I plan on taking it in on Friday this week for another look, but I fear the worst – especially after chatting with an acquaintance who does his own car work. From what I told him about the symptoms, he thinks the head gasket needs to be replaced. If so, this will likely cost more than what we can afford (the timing chain was rough enough on us). We still have a couple/few years left on car payments, but might have to swallow hard, trade this in and get a beater instead.
Any thoughts on this?