Bring the car home and do a compression test on it. That way you will know if the head gasket is bad. Here is the how to:
You will need a gauge to check it, but it is easy to do. Many parts stores will lend or rent the gauge to you. Let me know what you find when you check it. Something tells me they are off on this. I would like to know if they did a compression test or pressurized the cooling system and if so where they found a leak that indicates the "ENGINE IF BLOWN" or if they did a compression test, the readings they got. If you have a bad head gasket and low compression on one or more of the cylenders, the engine would miss or run poorly.
Try the compression test. If you feel you can't do it, I recommend having it done at another shop (2nd opinion) but don't tell them the problem is overheating. Just tell them you want to make sure everything is ok with the engin before you tune it up.
If I am wrong, I will admit it, but based on everything you told me I don't think I am. Also, a blown engine means it doesn't run due to major internal damage or the engine is actually seezed.
Let me know how you want to handle this. I will be here to help you if you have questions. This is one of the times that I wish I could come and check the car myself! I hate to see good people get taken.
Friday, July 31st, 2009 AT 8:10 PM