My car has not overheated, did not smoke, did not run rough, and the oil was not milky - I did smell coolant when driving it and the "low coolant" lite kept coming on. I had the radiator flushed and new coolant put in, but 2 weeks later the low coolant lite was back on. I took it into a shop who said that my head gaskets & thermostat needed to be repaired - cost was $2775 - rest of car in good condition.
Head Gaskets Repair on 1999 Buick Century
by Visitor in Phoenix, AZ on April 21, 2010
2 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by Visitor , August 09, 2010
you lower intake manifold gasket is leaking coolant into the manifold your engine is literally eating the coolant. Replace lower intake manifold gasket with a new one and your problem is solved!!
ANSWER by Visitor , April 21, 2010
I'm sorry to hear this has happened. In California this is illegal, however in Arizona the consumer protection laws may be different. I would call the shop and tell them you're not going to pay more than the previously agreed to amount. Try contacting he local business bureau or the Arizona Dept. of Transportation for advice. And read the repair order fine print, see what you officially agreed to. Good luck, be strong and stand up for your rights as a consumer.
COMMENT by Lady MaMa , April 21, 2010
I went back to pick up my car after deciding I wanted a second opinion and they said they already started the repair (I never gave them the go-ahead to do anything) and that my car was all disassembled. They want me to pay $1000 to put it back together with the same materials as I came in with! They quoted me $59 to diagnose car which is the only thing I agree to. How can I get my car back in the same condition as it was when i drove it in there (and it was running good). Help please!!!! Although my car is a 1999, it only has 60,000 miles on it and was serviced like clockwork! I have never seen it overheat!
COMMENT by Visitor , August 09, 2010