I would probably replace the head gasket as long as there is no coolant in the oil pan and the head is not warped. Coolant in the oil will wash the bearings. In this case you would be better off replacing the engine.
A head gasket replacement at a dealer will generally run $800 or more. If the head is warped they will probably replace it, add about $1,000.
You could buy a used engine at a junk yard for $5-600, but you will most likely never find one with 17,000 miles.
Best advice is to call around and get estimates.
Wednesday, July 18th, 2007 AT 6:53 AM