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2002 Deville.....Radiator replacement

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My good friends neighbor has this car, sweet older woman. Wont part with it for anything, 54,000 miles, in quite good shape.
Radiator is cracked, she was quoted $1350 to replace and that it was bad because this 'car has head gasket problems'.

Anyway, it doesnt look like too bad a job, has anyone had experience with this? is the 2002 engine of an era with head bolt problems...?

She would love to keep it, it runs strong...

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That price is crazy, a leaky radiator has nothing to do with the head gaskets. A Northstar is designed to run for several miles without ANY coolant with no damage done. If your worried about head gaskets you can do a block test to find out.
I had to do mine in the 04 last spring, the radiator shop quoted me $700.00. I said thanks but no thanks and did it myself for the cost of the radiator, hoses, and a jug of coolant. Wasn't too bad of a job to do, only took me a couple hours. Here is a video
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