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Since i've put so much money into this car, $800- timing chains, valve cover and intake manifold gaskets, radiator flush thermostat. $300 -tires etc. Would I be better off trading it in or sell it?

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Hi again Karen

If you decide to trade this car in, you won't be getting even close to the market value for it.

I would certainly try selling it before making the decision to trade it in.

Hope this helps.
-Steve

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Which engine?
Are you looking for a leak or does the engine just get hot?
It's been my experience that unless you have the timing too advanced (not probable on computerized engines), or there is a spun bearing (which would make noise), then an overheating problem is most likely (after the thermostat) the radiator being plugged up. It could have been partially defective to start with (no, 'flushing' doesn't usually help).
Bars leak will only make the problem worse.

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