Is getting the head gaskets done on a 1996 VDub Golf GL worth it? Or will the car continue to fall apart?

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Asked by Aug 13, 2014 at 06:04 PM about the 1996 Volkswagen Golf 4 Dr GL Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hey Guys so on my Golf GL non turbo I just replaced the thermostat, control on the fans
and my water pump. I just found out that my heads are gone, granted this is the only thing
Ive had to do on the daily, but I want to know if its worth the money to get it done. I want
to make sure its not going to just fall apart after this. This is my DAILY while my Eclipse
GSX is getting finished so its important that I get this information correct. Thank so much

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Personally, I wouldn't do it. The car's 18 years old. A head job is a major repair. Things will be disturbed that haven't been touched since 1996. Many parts are brittle and will break when you start moving them around. Hoses, wiring, etc. You'll be opening up a can of worms. Use the money to buy something newer to use until your Eclipse is ready. Then you'll have 2 good cars. Just my opinion. HTH. -Jim

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Js08016 obviously doesn't love Volkswagens. ANY 18 year old car needs consistent maintenance attention. With older VWs, if you aren't mechanically inclined and dedicated, repairs will be expensive. If this is the situation, I recommend you get a Camry...and off this list.

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