I was wondering if any of you could give your opinions on this situation....
I have a 2005 WRX (2.0L), I'm the only owner and I have babied it through all of it's 172,000 miles (highway).
I have done to date all the repairs myself (except timing belt maintenance @ 130K miles, had that done).
A few weeks ago I had a radiator blow, which I replaced but had been reading about how often the head gasket will cause the radiator to blow.... and I had been watching it closely, and found antifreeze on the oil dipstick. The car hasn't been driven since, and it never overheated.
Took it to a reputable shop that handles performance vehicles, and it is definitely the head gasket....
Here are my options:
- Replace head gasket + valve job
- Try to find slightly used engine and replace the whole engine (slightly more cost than the first option)
- Get brand new short block + replace head gasket and get valve job done (slightly more expensive than 2nd option)
- Scrap it and get a new car
What do you think would be the best option, considering the cars mileage? I love my car... I always want to have a WRX, I just can't quite afford a new car payment right now. I also don't want to invest in the first option then have something go in the short block....
Any and all advice is GREATLY appreciated :-) Thanks!