its been a ride. Back in July I was hoping for something to ease my pain when my Smart blew up on I-95 in South FL. Check engine came on.. 7 miles later, blown head gasket. I shopped around and finally found a mechanic that had actually worked on the Smart products. but only once.
Mechanic said "Blown head gasket will START at $3500.00. but we need to find the cause of why this happened. As well as why your overheat light didnt come on." So, I called a mechanic friend of mine in Ohio who told me that I need to check out this website www.car-part.com
put in my vin number and see if there is an engine out there. By God, there were several. I found one from a junk yard from a car with front end damage with only 3000 miles on it. $2,000 and $200 to ship it. "cool! that would be less than 3k, lets do it!"
I had the car towed to a German Auto Repair place in Pembroke Pines, FL and sat there each day and watched the total climb. the cause? "it looks like your Heater core dumped all of your coolent which caused your car to overheat." "oh, by the way...the new engine needs a new water pump, and gasket for pump, and... why not... lets throw in the back latch that is broke while we're at it." ok then!
$209 Water Pump
$11.50 water pump gasket
$140 for heater core
$45.33 back latch for tailgate
$470 two weeks of rental car
= I dont like my car very much anymore!
So, if you get the chance, please do yourself a favor and find out if the overheat light on your car is set too high. Mine never came on. Faulted to ground. I told the mechanic "make sure... . please (grabbing his shoulders) that the light will come on when its supposed to. if it had, I could have saved that engine!"
These little buggers are not cheap to fix. and when something does go wrong with them, they have to dang near cut the car in half to get to it.
I'm just sayin...