Internal and External engine oil & coolant leaks can develop from the head gasket and/or timing cover gasket; these leaks should be repaired before the engine oil and coolant intermix which can result in severe engine damage.
Average mileage: 139,887 (113,000–195,000)
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I had coolant/oil leak while car was under warranty. At 100,000 miles it developed a major external oil leak.
Repair is a new head and timing chain cover gasket. While the parts are not too expensive ($75.00) the time to remove and replace the head is about 14+ hrs. You will need special tools for some operations. If you are not a mechanic, don't even try it. This is common problem with the 6 cyl engine and oil leaks occour at the right side of the timing chain cover and the head gasket.
Just bought a beautiful 1994 E320 for $3000 for my gf who just finished cancer treatment. Found oil in the coolant res. Mechanic offered to buy it for $500 bucks when it finally dies. Doesn't overheat, doesn't blow white smoke. How can I extend the life of this thing? I really blew it by buying from a curbside charlatan, who had no interest at all in trying to make the deal more equitable. Damn it.