I have a 2000 Jeep Cherokee Classic with 105K miles, this weekend it has developed all of the quintessential signs of a blown head gasket: steam/dripping from exhaust, coolant loss, some bubbles in the radiator while running, and high cooling system pressure after turning the car off. After seeing these symptoms I checked out the cooling system, replaced thermostat, checked the radiator and water pump (both are in good order) and did a cooling system flush and the symptoms remain. So I’m fairly sure it’s a head issue. The car never overheated according to the dashboard temp gauge, and there is no coolant in the oil and no oil in the coolant.
I’m going to assume that I have a cracked cylinder head, which is very very common problem on these Jeeps.
Clearly, this is a big issue. I only drive this car on the weekends so it’s not a problem to be without a car now. However soon, I will need to commute ~40 miles daily and I am in the market for a more fuel efficient vehicle.
The question: should I fix this car before I sell it or should I sell it with the cylinder head issues. Obviously, I would be upfront about the problems, I plan on trading it in anyway.
I haven’t gotten any estimates on a fix, I can imagine I’ll be quoted ~$2000-$3000 (mind you I live in Palo Alto, CA). The blue book value on this car is $4k on a ‘fair’ car. Other then the cylinder head the car is in great shape, well maintained, clean interior, no rust, no dents only very minor scratches.
I’m also capable of fixing it myself, in that case it would cost me: ~$700 for a new head and gaskets and a weekend.
But, is it worth it?
I would love to hear what people think.
Palo Alto, CA