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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-03-2008, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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Yay!!!! It's my turn.

Failed head gasket at 119k. So, its time to buy a different car. I loved this car, but I knew this day would come.
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so this calls for a change to the sig? lol

sad to hear. what are you gonna do with the car?

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thats it then? just calling it done because of a head gasket? sad. i hate to see another one out in the pickinpull

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oh, i'm sure he'll sell it to someone on here pretty cheap... *wink wink*

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If i could afford to get it fixed or had the time, I'd definitely do it. However, it would need to be completed in 1 weekend since it is my daily driver. That being said, according to the dealer, the HG is on its way out. If someone knows how to fix this really cheap for me I'm all up for it. But alas, it needs to be done basically in a weekend.

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I could do it in a day, but I don't think you are going to drive here for me to do it.
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as tempting as it is, i don't think the kitty would make it there. But I do appreciate the offer. I'd need someone locally to do it.
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But i'm entertaining the thought of anyone who may want to purchase it.
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I forgot are you in the Green Bay area or Madison area?

Check www.Craigslist.com under "Services" and then "Automotive"

There are a handful of grease monkeys that are looking to make a quick buck. If not then scan the yellow pages and get some quotes from local shops. Don't throw away such a nice car just because of the HG.

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I'm in Madison Oxman.
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post #13 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-03-2008, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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I know its bad to toss the car because of the head gasket, but I need it fixed or have the car replaced. I love the Cougar. Would love to have it fixed.
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Worst case, just rent a cheap car for the week while it's being fixed.

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I'm sure if you call around it would be a weekend job for a local guy or a day or two at best for a shop during the week.

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the only problem is that it would run anywhere from 800 to 1200 roughly to get it fixed.
and unfortunately, I don't have a lot of money.
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If you want to talk more in person about your Cougar issue you can come to this tomo!

http://forums.tccoa.com/showthread.php?t=107207

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John-Madison,

I have the complete gasket set. If you can find some one with tools and place to do it, I'd sell you that gasket set for what I paid for it.

If you think you can get to the Cedar Rapids area of Iowa, I know a guy that may be able to do it in a weekend.

The Parts Bin Special is DEAD! It is being parted out.
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the only problem is that it would run anywhere from 800 to 1200 roughly to get it fixed.
and unfortunately, I don't have a lot of money.
and you will find another car that runs well for the same price?

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It doesn't sound like the head gasket is completely gone yet, but it will be shortly. How much would someone charge to fix this for me? I may be able to get the kitty down there for repairs if it is inexpensive enough.

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John-Madison,

I have the complete gasket set. If you can find some one with tools and place to do it, I'd sell you that gasket set for what I paid for it.

If you think you can get to the Cedar Rapids area of Iowa, I know a guy that may be able to do it in a weekend.
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John,

give this shop a call Turn Two Auto Repair 608-250-1768, it's located right on hwy PD next to PDQ on King James Way, near your place. This is my neighbor's shop and he does an awesome repair jobs, I take all of my vehicles there if I can't do the work myslef.

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post #22 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-04-2008, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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thanks for the suggestion Jason. I just called and it looks like still over a grand to have it done.
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John,

I called a guy that's willing to come to Verona, but this is what he said. Labor is $600, $100 for fuel, and you'd have to pay for a night of a hotel. He won't come to work in a driveway. He needs a heated garage to work in. I didn't look up how much I paid for the gasket set. You might want to check Rock Auto in Madison for price and availability of a Fel-Pro set as it is better than the Ford one. Maybe someone here will supply a Rock Auto Discount number to drop the price for you.

The Parts Bin Special is DEAD! It is being parted out.
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Hmm... I might be able to make that work, however, I have underground parking at my apt complex. There isn't the best lighting and we can't work on cars down there (from what I remember of my lease agreement. I'd have to find some place to have the kitty worked on. How much would you charge for the gasket? I've got another friend checking into fixing my kitty for me for less than a grand.
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John,

Sorry, I've been working insane hours at work. I can't find my receipts for the gaskets, but my friends have an idea that might work for you. I've sent you a PM with it.

The Parts Bin Special is DEAD! It is being parted out.
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