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2001 Ford Escape fix blown head gasket or not?


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Short story. My mom has a 2001 Ford Escape SUV. She ran it hot a few days ago and compression test as well as coolant pressure test shows it has a blow head gasket on the engine. It has about 150,000 miles on it. Overall condition is good-fair with normal cosmetic issues of a 20 year old car that has been taken care of pretty good. Trans (automatic) seems fine.

1. Is it worth it to fix the car? Replace head gasket(s) and tune up.

2. Would it be better to put an used engine in it?

3. Should we dump it and find another vehicle?

I always tell people it's almost ALWAYS cheaper and worth it to fix rather than buy a 'new' one. 


Your thoughts please. 

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I would dump it and find a new car. If it were something less catastrophic and cheaper to fix, I'd say fix it and live with it. But the head gasket is shot and who knows what other damage may have been done from running it hot.

I'd say time to move on.


If you can do the work yourself go for it. You didn't say what engine but the head gasket set for a 4-cylinder Escape is less than $100. On the other hand, if you have to pay a mechanic the cost of labor will far exceed the value of a 20-year-old Escape and the money would be better spent on a replacement vehicle.


I agree with @Mod_Man. In addition to what he said, consider that the automatic transmission on these cars is weak and your next repair might be that which does not worth the fix. 


I would do the work.  Only problem is, usually, you get the heads rebuilt when replacing head gaskets and that's some money.  Plus all the other parts.  Also consider that, if you do fix it, it'll be good for another 100K miles.  I would look into why it ran hot and some ARP head studs, too.

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I COULD do the labor, just don't know if I want to. 

And it's a V6.