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Car over heating

I have been told that the head gaskets are going to blow and that the radiator is not getting cooled b/c the lines are clogged.  so i was a given an estimate for $1900 to fix it but that would not be a repair that solved the hole problem b/c the lower engine would need repair soon after and the total would be $3,400-3,900  but i feel like is this even worth repairing when it sounds like i need a new engine.  what should i do fix it or replace engine....... or better yet save $ and buy new car .........Iove my cadi.

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Not worth putting that kind of money into a car that has a blue book value of $1000 in good working order.....that year ws bad for head gaskets and a lot of electrical problems

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