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92 Pontiac Grand Am stalled & leaked antifreeze and oil

Help! I just bought this car....as I was driving it home it stalled and would not restart. I looked under the car and noticed it was leaking anti-freeze and oil, but it did not overheating. I attempted to restart the car and a large plume of smoke came from the exhaust and steam was coming off the engine. Any idea what is wrong and how much it will cost to fix?

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This happened right after you bought it? Take it back.

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