2nd opinion is coming from an independent shop… with good reputation. Not going back to dealership’s shop since that’s where this could have been brought to my attention at the time I did all the recent repair work. Yes, it was only $2700, but had I known then what I know now (the potential of additional $2200-$3600 + new tires), I would most likely decided trade-in instead of feeling stuck with investment made and sticking with the car or moving on. It’s more the integrity of the dealership shop in not bringing this up to my attention when it should have been. There’s evidence that someone tried cleaning up the excess oil/grease under the car, not to mention over-filling the oil by a quarter fill.
Based on 2nd opinion: report says oil was all over underside of vehicle that’s getting onto exhaust pipes and filter (creating burning fumes). Leaks seeping from head gasket on right side and coolant leaks around head gasket. Signs of cv joint grease slung all over.
From my understanding, what would be involved is steam cleaning the engine and putting dies into fluids to see where leakage source is. Head gaskets would need to get removed to do this, and sent out to test for integrity. If ok, they won’t need repair work but it so, hence the high end of the range.
Car shows 10 years of wear… but I’m fine with that. Suits the non-glitz kind of gal I am. And I do love the no car payment aspect… but I also do love having peace of mind and value of my time when it comes to cars. I’m not car savvy and have to rely on good faith, hard working people to help me take care of my car.
With Thanksgiving being tomorrow, I just want to say a heart-felt “THANK YOU” to all for your feedback. It’s helping me to think about all my options, and how to proceed, whether it’s keeping or trading in.