1998 Subaru Forester on the fritz

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#1

My 1998 Subaru Forester has 111 K and the head gasket is blown out. i think i also need new rotors which are warped. the according to KBB is in fair/good condition and is worth probably only about 3 grand. I haven’t had a car payment in 5 years and love it. The mechanic who seems reliable and was referred by a friend gave me an estimate for the head gasket for approx 1500 dollars. i haven’t gotten a price on the rotors yet.



Would it be better to fix my old car that is not worth very much? OR cut my losses and buy a new car??? HELP!


#2

If you like the car and no coolant got in the antifreeze, I would keep it and save the payments. Also, you save on insurance. New rotors and brake pads are cheap. They are routine mtc.


#3

“If you like the car and no coolant got in the antifreeze…”

I believe that he meant to say that if no coolant got into the motor oil, the engine is still likely to be in decent shape.

Take a very careful look at the dipstick. If the oil looks like a chocolate milkshake, that indicates coolant/water contamination of the motor oil, and that the engine’s days are numbered.