I've had a 99 Deville for about 6 mos. Car has 80k on it and runs and drives well. Looks pretty good but far from perfect. I paid $4500 for the car.
It has always used oil, like a couple quarts between oil changes with no major external leaks.
Now I'm afraid it had the dreaded coolant leak. Fails the Napa Block Tester test, idles rough first start up of the day, a little bit of mayo in the reservoir and today the coolant was low. Also mpg has dropped off in last month or so.
So here's the questions:
1. Is it worth having the head gaskets done knowing that the rings are probably fouled up?
2. How long do I have before car becomes inoperable? Think I can baby a trip to California or should I address it asap?
I can't physicaly do the job so I would have to farm it out. Can anybody recommend a shop in western Oregon that has dealt with this problem?