definitely haven't ruled out the HG, in fact I'm preparing for the worst, just hope it isn't as looking at some figures on here for other's who have had the HG done, its getting close to decision time as to whether I should buy another car, and I really do not want to do that.
and ahhhh on the hg info, I didn't realise that, I thought mixing of oil and water was the tell tale sign kinda thing.
On the plus side, if I do get another car, it will either be another st24, or a v6 ghia x, or possibly a very early mk3 but hopefully it won't come to that as I really can't afford it, but a car is a necessity for me... as it is for most really.
I'm a mature student, and get an instalment of my student loan in April so has come at the right time, it's just what to do for the best if the repairs run into the Â£700+ territory, is it gonna be worth paying that for a car that's only worth Â£1000 max?
I'm even debating as to whether to bother with the air con place tomorrow and just take it round the garage on tuesday as I had planned regardless, as the chances of it being something to do with the air con are minimal I suppose, yet my garage could fix that if it was but the air con place wont do the hg if it's that.
Wish I knew a bit about engines ffs
appreciate the advice L11xxy but I just don't trust myself to do something like that on my own, If I could watch someone do it first, or do it in front of someone else who knew what they were doing, no problem, but as it is, I'd rather leave it be for the professionals to sort.
Quite gutted actually as the car is a belter, low mileage, damn good bodywork, just one rear arch is getting the very very first signs of rust, and the interior is tip top. I think it's probably worth spending to get it fixed rather than replaced when looking at it as a whole, and I always planned on keeping this car for a good few years, just never easy looking at the prospect of forking out several hundred pounds that could have gone towards other things on the car at my own pace kinda thing.
What a pisser, I'll keep everyone informed of the outcome anyway, and bang the vid in the sticky about engine vid's and diagnoses once I get word from the garage, then it might help others with a diagnoses also if they come across the same thing.