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You might want to find another mechanic. A compression check would have shown ,at least, that a problem existed. That doesn't take long to do and should be a no brainer for a car with mileage over 100,000Report it
You will need to replace a head gasket on every car you buy if you keep it long enough. Your judgement on this car is not valid. There are no set times on when gaskets go. You know after the fact. I am waiting for it to go on my impala at 125k right now. I won't blame the car for it though.Report it
Sorry to disappoint but your both right, Problems you get after only 100,000 miles with head gaskets are USUALLY due to minor errors in the manufacturing of the engine or the head gasket itself. Unless however the owner before you was a wreckless driver and put the engine through H*** everyday driving to work, that is about the only reason, other than the number of hours the engine has on it, that factors into head gaskets failing.Report it
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