Cadillac Seville / Cadillac Eldorado Forum Discussion, Head Gasket starting to go: Repair the car or sell?? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Hi All,
I'm more of an observer than active poster, but I have a moment to see what opinions are ...
Head Gasket starting to go: Repair the car or sell??
I'm more of an observer than active poster, but I have a moment to see what opinions are out there:
Paid $3700 for it with 108,000 miles on it December 2011
Interior is in great shape (no rips tears etc)
Exterior is in great shape with a few small dings on the front fenders
No rust (Oregon valley car)
Clean engine, no oil leaks
Flawless tranny (so far)
Head Gasket is starting to leak (overheats in temps above 60 degrees, uses 1/2 gallon coolant per 500 miles, starts rough then idles out smooth after a few minutes)
ABS out (highly possible just the control unit connections, haven't had time to remove and clean)
Suspension shakes between 68-74 a bit, especially when heavy braking (seems to be mostly rear), pretty stable from 80 to 120 mph oddly enough
Torque Convert solenoid not working
Steering column sensor not working (from before the ABS failed)
Do you all think it would be worth it to fix the head gasket issue at this point? If I did this, does anybody have their Caddy pushing high miles after this repair (like 220,000+)? I really love this car and feel it may be worth it to drop $3000 into it and get it back to fully functional, compared to alternatives out there. What do ya think?
Re: HG Head Gasket starting to go: Repair the car or sell??
Haven't confirmed, but it is definitely the culprit from the symptoms (magically disappearing coolant, overheat under load and higher ambient temps, practically smell the fumes in the fill tank...and of course it is a Northstar with 156,000 miles).
I'm hoping I can do the HG and torque converter at the same time by GMRepairCenter, and that the ABS is just corroded connections on the control unit (it did come back to life a few times). Other items may have to take a back seat other than brakes/rotors and hubs. At least they are getting pretty affordable lately. I really don't care much about the stability control. I would be looking to drop $3000 total in the idea it would go another 100k without further major repairs (trans is the big question there...anybody see them go over 220k without rebuild/replacement?