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check for broken vacume hoses near the canister that stores vacum? it also could be something in the blend door mode of the control switch but you need a scanner to check that. go to your local mechanic and see if he can give you a quick fix tell him you dont want too spend more than $50 to diagnosis it bet you he finds the problem goodluck
We had a 1997 Ford Explorer that did something very similar. We thought the transmission was going out, but it was the exhaust manifold gasket. Cost us a couple of hundred at the dealer to get it fixed, but that was a few years ago.
I would put the money into the vehicle. Do you really want to go thousands into debt to purchase another vehicle? Cheaper to fix than replace. If the vehicle is in good shape all around I would repair it. If you are going to do the work yourself it will cost lots less than the 2000. If you do the work have the heads milled and replace the stem seals and knurl the valve guides at the same time. Also check for weak or broken valve springs. Your local machine shop should do all this anyway. Good luck.
If there is oil in the radiator - DO NOT DRIVE THE CAR. You are risking serious engine damage. After you change the head gasket, you must change the oil and the antifreeze. You definitely have at least a blown head gasket. On the bright side you know for sure which head to take off.