So I have a 2005 WRX wagon. Like a silly ignant girl I let the damn thing overheat. Got the radiator replaced, it had cracked and I didn't realize how close to critical it was... /excuse over... And drove it thinking I could get away with a couple of days... How wrong I was. I wanted to save on the towing so drove with the heater on for that last day and all was 'ok' until the day I was gonna take it in... All of a sudden the ole drive with the heater on thing didn't work and the temp shot up- eep...
Got it towed to the dealership for a new radiator
So the wagon was fine for a bit and then I noticed smoke out the hood scoop... And eventually out the tail pipe- and randomly occuring... I left it with the dealership for the weekend and they couldnt see it or get it to smoke /figures I drive out and poof smoke pull right back in and they confirm it's coming from the heat shielding around the turbo pipes. So bring it in thinking worse case the turbo needs to be replaced best case it's just a turbo gasket... I call to confirm the gory details and... Well it gets real gory... Um... Yeah it's not the turbo you need an engine..... Gah!
So they found white powder in the exhaust valves along with a little rust, white powder on the A/F sensor and signs of seepage from the head gaskets (caskets in this case?) So their suggestion-based on the overheat, the evidence and 115,000 miles, is to replace the engine. I did take it to another shop and they basically confirmed the same thing.
So do you think just a head gasket and or head replacement will do the trick or did I save on the towing to screw myself with needing a new engine? The dealership mechanic said I needed to fix it, dump it or drive it till it explodes (which could happen tomorrow or months from now).
Looking for advice, suggestions or just smile to yourself and say yup stoopid girl drivers ;-p