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emi
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not completely, but not drivable due to a blown headgasket. I have decided to sell him and get a new (used) vehicle. Still looking, just letting you all know what tragedy occurred.

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remember i work for pizza and dew.  we could fix that head gasket hella quick if the head is ok you just need a gasket set for the head.

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and if you do sell how much? PDT_Aliboronz_11

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i forgot!!! but... i dont know how i would get the car down the WR.

im really in a financial bind. i dont wanna sell him because i wouldnt get much for him... in fact i would be in the negative because (in order to build credit) i financed him.

head gasket wouldnt be that big of a deal, im scared that i might have cracked the head.

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Gasket kit and bolts are about $80 at GAP.

What makes you think the head is cracked? You can usually get one on the Vortex for under $150.

So is it worth $250 to keep him? What's your payoff?

What are you doing for transportation in the mean time?

Be sure to let us know if you do decide to sell, Felix is bound to try to buy it ;)

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my pay off is just under 2k. I really want to buy a mk3... but i would just end up screwing myself over if i sold it because i prolly wouldnt get near what i would need to pay off my car. so fixing it would be my best move financially. just depends on what kind of offers i can get.

or maybe a trade plus difference for an mk3.


the water in my car froze and i lost a freeze plug. im just thinking about the worst possible circumstance. i might need a new head.

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do you know that the headgasket is even bad?  have you checked compression?  is there water in oil?  we can find you a head local on the cheap for sure.

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regardless of how lil emi knows about cars - Emi, if you're already trying to get rid of Tucker, you didn't check all those things that Felix mentioned, no?

don't come to us with a FS offer, fix tucker - you won't regret it! better than being in the negative trying to pawn off a disabled veteran

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dragonfli_x wrote:
...fix tucker - you won't regret it! better than being in the negative trying to pawn off a disabled veteran


And next time, buy insurance, use antifreeze babe!  We love you hun.

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:(

There is water in the oil. My roommates looked the car over and said thats what it looked like. I told alex that i wanted to fix him, and i had a 8v head on standby if need be. he said he is scared i might have damaged the block. but no one will sit down with me and actually look it over! im getting really really really frustrated.

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now im in the market for a new engine. :-/

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a used 8v should be really easy to find. considering everyone wants to get rid of them for bigger and better engines.  i might have a guy that has one here i will try to contact him tomarrow.

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let me know... im trying to find the best deal. so far, i found a guy that will sell me a short block aba for 200. and nash said i could have his 8v head that he has stored away. so... yeah... and i have some friends that said they would try and help me do a swap if the time permits.

i have found a 1.8L for 350 with 137k miles

another one has been sitting a while, 60k for 200 for the whole engine. i think im going to shoot for the aba.

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My 8v had some coolant in the oil, but I caught it in probably <200 miles, and all it really required was the head gasket kit and bolts and a classic "tune up".  Could have done it for $200.  The reason so many people do still have 8v's is because they're bullit proof.  From the little I know, I'd say try to keep the 8v you have.  If there's no damage to the cylinders, repacing the whole thing with an egine in unkown condition is overkill.

In your situation, I would only replace if the donor engine was cherry and ready to drop in and run (w/ same injection system, no ECU/wiring issues).  I just got done replacing just about EVERYTHING on my 8v -- don't get yoturself into the situation of HAVING to do that to a "new" engine.  ABA is not a bad route, but it WILL take more time, effort, and money.

And friends are great (especially if you wear that cute dress I keep hearing about), but don't rely on them to do a big job like that for you unless they're the kind of guys that can do it in a weekend without breaking a sweat (and work for beer  -- somebody like Felix, but without the two kids running around. ;)  Also, don't buy all the hype of VW guys, a lot of them don't think it's worth doing if it ain't the best and baddest.  You've got a nice, unmolested Cabriolet.

I feel like I'm lecturing you, I really wish I could be more actual help, but I just want to warn you not to go off the deep end.  Don't let me make you paranoid.

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my guy doesn't have any 1.8 8v that are worth a toot.  if you block isn't cracked then all you should need is a freeze plug, and the stuff to reseal the head.



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