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late 90's Pontiac Grand Am
02-21-2012, 01:51 PM
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late 90's Pontiac Grand Am
My mother has a late 90's Pontiac Grand Am leaking coolant; mechanic said it's the intake gasket and will cost $500+ to replace because it's a major repair. Is this something she can just live with (she literally drives only to local stores and the library) or should it be replaced asap? Should it cost over $500? Thanks!
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02-21-2012, 05:24 PM
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RE: late 90's Pontiac Grand Am
it is best to repair the leak because over a period of time she can spend more money pouring antifreeze into it then the cost of repair.. It is also something that should be repaired asap because just putting a bandage on this part could lead to the motor overheating and destroying the motor, then to replace the motor will cost thousands of dollars instead of the 500 dollar repair now
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02-21-2012, 11:45 PM
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RE: late 90's Pontiac Grand Am
Here's a cool web site to get an idea of repair costs. You will need to plug in the vehicle particulars and your local zip code so they have an idea of where you are located.

For my area (lower CT) and a 98 with a 3.1 engine the price is high because of my location. They also spell out possible side issues during the repair that will make the price vary.

http://repairpal.com/estimator
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