Sadly, my 2001 VW Turbo Jetta with the coolant problems has decided to kick the bucket, despite the best efforts of advice I received from helpful folks here. My new mechanic tells me that the head gasket is gone and likely the head is also cracked. The problem went on for long enough that other parts of the engine are gummed up with cooked coolant and she’s started running rough. The fact that my previous mechanic failed to catch this sooner despite 5 different visits is another issue all together.
Now she sits in the driveway and I’m trying to figure out the best way to recoup what I can. The shame of it is that in the last 4 months I have replaced the rear suspension, timing belt & water pump (along with a bunch of cracked hoses). Never mind the two new tires in the last year and new brakes a year and a half ago. All with the intention to keep it for another year or two (she’s got low mileage, just over 100K and gently used).
So, my question to you all is how do I get the most out of the situation with minimal hassle? I’ve thought of posting it on Craig’s list for parts, but don’t know what I can reasonably ask for given it runs poorly but has about $2K of new parts in her. The bluebook value would run about $2500 if she was fully functional.