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My 2000 Caravan uses too much oil. Mechanic says the head gasket needs to be replaced. what do you think? the van runs excellent, it has 210,000 miles on it.

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Ya It will sure work just change the power plug, do the servicing and change the oil , it will definitely work, I had experience to this situation and running my old heavy truck for many year only keep the maintenance up to date.
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If you plan on keeping it, than I wouldn't, with that many miles on it I'm sure your piston rings are pretty worn out too. Replacing the head gasket will decrease your oil use, but it also will increase your compression which might cause more oil to blow-by your piston rings which in turn will make your engine burn more oil too, which you are trying to prevent in the first place. I believe you are better off using that money and putting in a Remanufactured Motor with a Warranty and everything is new or rebuilt.. You might spend a little more now but at least you will have a piece of mind.

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