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My honda has 580,000 miles on the original engine and I am now getting oil in the anti-freeze (coolant). The car's compression and power is as good as ever. I recently replaced the cat. converter. There are no leaks, i.e. on the gargage floor or on the engine parts.

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You obviously have taken care of your car with that many miles on it. Oil getting into the coolant is not good. There is a gasket that is causing the oil to seep into the cooling system. On the Hondas it is usually a head gasket. Hope this helps.

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If you have oil in your cooling system your looking at a head gasket leaking internal with 580.000 you pretty much got your moneys worth from this car

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