We were told that one of the spark plugs exploded and damaged the "head". The mechanics who checked didn't speak english well and I assume they meant the engine cylinder head. Would that refer to the head gasket or the cylinder head itself? About how much might this cost to repair? They said they couldn't do it. Thank you.
Damaged Cylinder Head on 2000 Mazda Protege
by camilog in Miami, FL on October 19, 2009
ANSWER by Valleyautotech , October 21, 2009
The cylinder head is available here http://www.parts.com/oemcatalog/index.cfm?action=getJointLocator&siteid=2&Sectionids=10,0&groupid=10014&subgroupid=60387&componentid=&makeid=22&model=Protege&year=2000&graphicID=F699050&callout=2&catalogid=1&displayCatalogid=0 and the labor to remove and replace is about 6 hours of labor, But I would talk to a automotive machine shop in your area and get a second opinion before buying and changing the head as it might be repairable.