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Head gaskets are not replaced based on mileage. Head gaskets are replaced when the engine overheats and the gaskets become damaged. Or if there is a timing belt the breaks and requires the head to be removed during repair to replace bent valves.
Sounds like you should tow it in for diagnostics. Engine shaking often is due to a misfire. You may have extra smoke from oil leaking in the engine causing it to smoke.
Do you have a coolant leak now or see any steam when you heard that popping noise and heard the hissing sound?
Quite often the belt tensioner may need to be replaced. Hard to tell without inspecting it.
Most vehicles need their oil changed every 3,000 miles or three months. If a vehicle is leaking oil, then it may require frequent fills. The oil light is not an indicator for when the oil change is due, it means the oil level is too low and engine damage may occur.
Sounds a lot like a thermostat is stuck closed. Maybe the extra pressure in the system damaged your reservoir. Overheating can quickly cause damage or failure of gaskets and also damage the engine if it gets too hot.
You may notice a misfire or rough idle if it's due for a tune up. Is the check engine light on?
Was the check engine light on prior to it not starting? When you put the key in the ignition, the dash lights (including the check engine light symbol) light up to indicate they are working. If the car is not starting, you may just be seeing the check engine light symbol illuminate to show it's working. If the car starts up and it doesn't go off, then that means it has a code stored.
Battery drain can be caused by a parasitic draw, when something is still using battery power, even when the vehicle is off. This may weaken and damage your battery as well.
Often there is a failure in the circuit board portion of the tail light assembly that the bulbs mount to. Sometime the wiring to it may also need to be replaced. If you still need more help, come in for diagnostics.