Originally Posted by bdraider
ok folks, I am starting to look for a second gen Legend and am happy to have found this forum.
I am a bit concerned about the common BHG problems you all have experienced. I found a nicely maintained car with 100K miles on it. However, it sounds like the HG may wear out around 100K. Does this seem to be a wear/age issue or do these thing blow because of a severe over-heating situation? I have always loved the look of the legend and finally decided I need to have one. Just not sure if it is worth the risk. I am mechanically inclined and probably have all the tools needed to work on this thing but the time I do not. It would potentially take me a month to get through 48 hours of work as someone posted BHG replacement requires....
I'm in bdrader's exact situation as well. Anyone have any insight as what causes
From a FAQ here I read: "How do you prevent this from happening to your Legend you ask? Just make sure you do all the scheduled maintenence and take care of your cooling system, DON'T let your engine overheat!"
Is it the theory that if the cooling system is well maintained, BHG won't happen, but if you have a small leak/weak water pump etc. and it gets a little hot that then causes a head gasket to blow?
Or is it the case that no matter what you really do, BHG is gonna bite anyway.
I realize that any car left to overheat will blow a head gasket and maybe warp a head, but this problem just seems too common for it not to be a design defect.
I'm on the fence here, but an Achiiles' heel I don't need. If I get one I want to drive it 150,xxx more miles with no serious problems --- just like I have with my Accord (245,xxx and doing very well, never any big issues.)