1996 Chevy Lumina blown head gasket

Tiny
PAGAN-MILLIE
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  • 1996 CHEVROLET LUMINA
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 250,000 MILES
Okay, this is my question. I bought my lumina, it has the 3100 engine, not even three months ago with a suppossed 'rebuilt' engine. I paid $800 for it, which isnt bad, but as soon as I began to actually drive it it all went downhill. From day one, it would get hot as soon as it was running, and overheated twice, both times within less than 10 minutes of city driving. I went to add oil, it was about a quart low, and saw the telltale whitish-yellow foam that marks a cracked block. Do you think this really was a rebuilt engine? Is it worth the money to try to fix? What caused this problem? Did I just drive it too hard?
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Monday, December 7th, 2009 AT 1:52 PM

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Tiny
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It may not necessarliy be a cracked block. It could be a faulty head gasket or cracked head. Much cheaper fixes than the block. I seriously doubt you drove it too hard. If you experienced mechanical problems on the first day then you should and could have returned the car due to lemon laws. Now your only choice is to fix the car or sell it. This choice is ultimately up to you so I can't tell you which to do here.
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Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 AT 2:30 PM

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