Hello I am new to this forum. My car is a Prius 3 2012 150,000mi. My mechanic said the engine is full of carbon, and the cylinder head gasket has failed. Estimated cost of repair is $3,200. Car was worth $5000 at the beginning of the year, then I spent $2,000 repairing several things, and now it will cost $3,200 more to repair it. Should I fix the car or take it to the junk yard?
The Prius exhaust and intake system were removed and they are plugged up with carbon. They also found that the cylinder head gasket failed and it developed engine surging. They cleaned both the EGR exhaust and intake system but the cylinder head gasket needs to be replaced in order to correct all the problems.
A separate issue is that the engine also burns a lot of oil I replace the oil at the recommended time, and always it is barely enough oil in there to run. Multiple mechanics have said this. Other than these issues I can’t think of any more. I bought this from a dealship for $10k 100,000mi. Now it has 150,000mi, and needs at least $3,200 of repairs, likely more. Rest of car in good, but not perfect condition.
I am not a car mechanic, I don’t do any personal repairs on my car. I need to get to work.
Should I fix the car or take it to the junk yard?