Originally posted by Mikey
I never had any prior major problems with this'95 Legend before the timing belt/water pump replacement. The head gasket problem makes me feel like the car may "keel over" at any moment due to other aging items around engine, even though I know the engine itself should have at least 100k more miles on it easily.
Dealer quoted me $2300-$2800 for head gasket repair. He is willing to split this with me. Told me it would take about a week for the repair work.
Any risk in driving it with blown head gasket as long as I don't let it overheat? I commute to work about 10 miles each way. I gotta find a convenient time to get the work done.
I personally wouldn't drive around with a BHG. If the dealer is willing to share the cost with you, make sure you get the most out of it. I would try to threaten them that you will go to BBB. You can get the BHG repair done outside for $1500 but since these guys are dealership they charge more.
If there is anyway, then you should try to get the dealership to foot the entire bill.
Don't worry about the car once the BHG is taken care of. Legends are solidly built cars. Like you said you never had any problems before..and even this BHG was caused due to dealer's bad workmanship. Once the BHG is repaired, you can be rest assured.
Get the BHG repair done ASAP. You can drive around making sure you don't let it overheat.
However, keep in mind that if your heads crack, then you are looking at $1600 (I think) per head.
Get this taken care of immediately. Also, while they are working on your Legend, ask the dealership for a loaner since they are the ones that are responsible for this.
Good Luck and don't worry too much.