I have the same year car as you do. I had to do a head job about 2 years ago, at 160,000 miles. I had the same problem, but not as bad as you do. I just notice that my water was going down in my radiator, but I had no leaks, and no water on the ground from the overflow. I would have to keep topping it off about once a week, about a quart or two. I did a compression test, and found one of the cyl was lower then the rest. I pulled the heads and found a bad head gasket. My car had blow a radiator hose about two weeks before, and had overheated. I found that this is a common problem with this engine. I had to remove my heads and take them to a machine shop as the overheating had warped them. I did all the work myself, so the only cost was in materials and the machine shop work. That cost me $75.00 to true up both heads. One thing, if you do the job yourself, make sure you use new head bolts, do not reuse the old ones, not a good idea. There is not a fast cheap fix for this. Good luck.
Thursday, April 20th, 2006 AT 10:21 AM