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Old 04-29-06, 09:43 AM   #31 (permalink)
 
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well i bought my legend coupe from my best friend
he said it needed radiator
uh yeah sure right ok no problem

1500.00 for used motor but it runs good now anyone want to buy selling it dirt cheap
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Old 04-30-06, 04:36 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I test drove 2 legends with BHG before I bought my current legend. This car has a problem with those. It's FRUSTRATING!
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Old 05-01-06, 11:20 PM   #33 (permalink)
 
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I had to get my head gasket replace 3 years ago after owning for the car for about 3 years with no problem. Until reading this sticky I was not sure that head gasket was a mainstream problem in our legends.
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Old 05-02-06, 05:34 PM   #34 (permalink)
 
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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....

Thoughts?
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Old 05-03-06, 07:39 PM   #35 (permalink)
 
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I replace head gaskets for $1250 if somebody brings me either an engine or a car. That's including gaskets, and milling the heads flat. I can get it done in 2-3 days if my schedule isn't booked up.

I haven't had any bad experiencee with overheating quiet yet. but the mileage is getting there. 165,985k miles. Is it possible to do a "Head Gasket Replacement" maintenance to prevent future over heating problems?

...........and of course the water pump, & new radiator and other monthly services.
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Old 05-03-06, 09:49 PM   #36 (permalink)
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No reason to replace the HG's unless you have a BHG. You may not ever get a BHG. Might be a good idea to start a BHG savings fund so you will be ready if it happens.
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Old 05-04-06, 12:59 AM   #37 (permalink)
 
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No reason to replace the HG's unless you have a BHG. You may not ever get a BHG. Might be a good idea to start a BHG savings fund so you will be ready if it happens.

Good idea. Thanks for the info!
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Old 05-21-06, 05:04 PM   #38 (permalink)
 
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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....

Thoughts?
I'm in bdrader's exact situation as well. Anyone have any insight as what causes BHG?

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.)
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Hmm, seems more reading has answered my essential question.
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Old 05-24-06, 03:50 PM   #40 (permalink)
 
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From what I've read here, overheating is usually what causes a bhg. I generally watch my gauges on any car I drive for things like overheating, oil light, and etc...... I generally check my oil and water 2-3 times a week out of habit since it only takes a couple of minutes to do so. Would you say this is fairly good preventive maintenance? I had my oil pump to go out on the Mustang one night about 2 o'clock in the morning on the highway doing 75 mph, but I caught it right after it went out, and shut the car down, and saved the motor and my Supercharger. So now I'm really watching things...
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Old 05-25-06, 11:55 PM   #41 (permalink)
 
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Waz up everyone? This is my first time posting anything as I am new to this site. My story goes like this: Today I bought a 91 Legend L 4D Sedan in mint condition inside and out. It was originally being sold for $3800. The owner decided to take it to a mechanic for a final checkup when it suddenly overheated. The mechanic checked and said it was the water pump and not a BHG. After "supposedly" changing the water pump he discovered that there was a very very small amount of antifreeze leaking out of the engine and then claimed that it did have a BHG. I drove the car and it did not overheat again. It has no sputtering in the engine and does not blow any smoke at all. I went on the fact that the mechanic said it had a BHG and negotiated the price down to $1600. I put in on a trailer and hauled it from NJ to VA and dropped it off at a trusted mechanic to be checked. The way I see it, if it has a BHG then I pay 2G's and still save $200 off of the original price. If it is something that can be fixed for $500, then I got a heck of a deal.
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Old 05-26-06, 10:21 PM   #42 (permalink)
 
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In 99 in bought a 94 Legend LS 4Dr(122000km app.80000M) and after about 3 years of faithful problem free driving my temperature began to rise when in traffic but the car would be fine on the highway. The problem became worse and worse after 200000kms(120,000M). I eventually decided to let it go rather than fix that $$$ problem. In September of 05 I bought a 93 4dr with 293000Km(175000M) and it doesnt have the problem at all, I guess it all the luck of the draw(I only put 3000K on it so I hope I havent spoke to soon). How can you prevent this kind of problem other than routine maintenance???
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Old 05-30-06, 11:33 PM   #43 (permalink)
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For most people, including myself, by the time they discover this forum they have already own a Legend.
your probably right. I bought a '92 Legend LS that has a symtoms of BHG-but, i hope not! before i discover this. kinda desperate on the answer that i'm wanted to know but it's too late for me now. I hope it's not BHG and it just a simple vaccuum problem on mine.
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Old 06-01-06, 12:12 AM   #44 (permalink)
 
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well right now i will be a future G2 legend owner and I just known that the BHG is a huge problem in legends...now iam scared to buy a legend but i loved the legends since i was young (iam only 17)...should i take it to a mechanic before buying and how do u prevent a BHG??????


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Old 06-01-06, 11:47 PM   #45 (permalink)
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well right now i will be a future G2 legend owner and I just known that the BHG is a huge problem in legends...now iam scared to buy a legend but i loved the legends since i was young (iam only 17)...should i take it to a mechanic before buying and how do u prevent a BHG??????


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Same position as you .. thats the only thing holding me back due to 150K on the car. 2-3 grand is a scary amount to think about .. especially if you dont have any $, because you blew it on the car lol. Eh..
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