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My mechanic just called, he says there is water in the cylinders,he can repair, clean out, etc. and get it running BUT he can't tell us if there is damage in the crankshaft. He recommends repair it, get it running and get rid of it. It might run two more days or two years. What's your advice? Susie

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Your engine has a blown head gasket or cracked head. If you continued to drive this vehicle after you noticed it was loosing coolant then you can be sure there was severe internal engine damage to the bearings and rings. However if you stopped driving it as soon as you noticed this then the damage may be minor. An 11 year old car in this condition is worth very little as it stands. So, in order to sell it you must have it repaired. A 1999 Buick Regal GS with 100,000 miles on it in average condition is worth around $3,125 trade in and around $4,500 is you sell it privately. So, really you have no choice but to have it repaired. Once the engine is opened up a good mechanic can tell you the extent of the damage. You then decide, do you want to keep this car, and if so you might need a complete overhaul. Or if you just want to repair it enough so you can trade it in then that is an option. Replace the head gaskets and button it back up. Just do not sell the car privately. It really depends on the amount of damage that has been done.

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If it's a 3.8L engine in the Regal then repairing is a good idea an not an uncommon problem. As far as getting rid of it the 3.8 is almost a bullet proof engine. If it was running well prior the cylinders filling up would fix it and keep it. This particular engine is one of the best if not the best engine GM has ever built and can withstand alot.My answer is only applying for the 3.8L engine.As far as additional damage probably not likely other then maybe some sparkplugs.

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