I have a 2002 Buick Rendezvous with about 160,000 miles on it and has now had three (yes, 3) head gasket replacements at $1500 for each one. This seems to happen about every 50,000 miles, otherwise, it has been a good vehicle for me for the past 12 years. The car value is now about $1,500 so I really don’t want to keep pouring more money into it if it is going to just blow up on me next time the gasket goes bad. I don’t trust driving very far with it and I am frequently watching the temperature gauge. I have 3 questions:
- Have you heard of this happening with other Rendezvous with the 6 cylinder engine? If so, why was there not a recall?
- Do I keep it and forgo any driving vacations or do I give in and buy something more secure?
- What smaller sized and better mileage SUV would you recommend? (Ford Escape, Honda CRV, etc.)