Repair head gasket leak, good price?

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Asked by Jul 26, 2015 at 04:26 PM about the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee V8 has been diagnosed with a slight head gasket leak. It
has 89000 miles, in great repair, but needs tires. They estimated $2500. Is it worth it?

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In my opinion, no. Your Jeep is nearly 12 years old. I would advise against putting that kind of money in any 12 year old vehicle. A head gasket is a major repair. Basically the top half of the engine has to come off. In doing so wiring, fuel, and vacuum lines need to be moved, disconnected, then moved and reconnected again. Things that haven't been disturbed for 12 years. You're bound to wind up with leaks, bad connections, a reoccuring check engine light, and God knows what else when you get it back. From personal experience I had the intake manifold gasket on my '93 Chevy Caprice (which I bought new) replaced by the dealer in 2011. It was the "kiss of death". The car was never right again. Replacing that is half the job of doing a head gasket. You'd be better off using the money toward something new(er). HTH. -Jim

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Thank you so much. I hate car payments but I hate throwing money away too!

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You're welcome. Glad to help. Thank you for the best answer click. I hate car payments too! That's why I had my Caprice for 19 years, lol. -Jim

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I would do it but then again depends on how much you love your Jeep

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Repairing a vehicle that has no other problems is cheaper than new payments. Tough decision. I repair, then if needed I can trade it in later. Non running car has only scrap value.

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