Is it worth it?

Bernie Benz b.benz at
Fri Feb 16 00:19:31 EST 2007

These I5 engines are bullet proof if kept cool. Running with insufficient
coolant will allow overheat and subsiquent head warpage and head gasket
failure. If caught soon enough, the damage repair will be limited to head
resurfacing and head gasket replacement.
Sounds like you may have had YHUYA and pushed the condition to greater


> From: Dave Scott <ds at>
> Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 23:49:10 -0500
> To: Bernie Benz <b.benz at>
> Subject: Re: Is it worth it?
> I did get a brief coolant spike at the start of the 25 min drive, but
> it dropped back to normal after about a minute, so I didn't give it
> any further thought.
> Judging from the responses so far, it sounds like with the high
> temps, I ought to be looking for a new engine, instead of trying to
> patch this one up. Your thoughts?
> Dave
> On Feb 15, 2007, at 11:23 PM, Bernie Benz wrote:
>> No symptoms of the coolant temperature history prior to the
>> catastrophic
>> event! Overheating was probably the initial cause.
>> Bernie
>>> From: Dave Scott <ds at>
>>> Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 18:24:09 -0500
>>> To: 200q20v <200q20v at>
>>> Subject: Is it worth it?
>>> Hi Guys,
>>> My 20v is in the shop after what may potentially be an engine
>>> terminating event. The car began losing power at freeway speeds,
>>> which is when I noticed oil temp was pegged. I pulled over, but just
>>> as I'm getting off the road, oil smoke poured out from under the
>>> hood. The shop tells me the head gasket blew. Without doing any
>>> additional investigating, they're advising me that the work required
>>> likely isn't worth it. (Essentially tearing the engine down to look
>>> for block & piston damage from the extreme heat, bent valves, etc)
>>> Has anyone experienced anything like this before? I love the car and
>>> like all of us would be reluctant to let it go, but I have to be
>>> practical too...
>>> Thanks for any responses.
>>> Dave
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