Not too many people are gonna wanna buy a 12 year old wagon with a blown headgasket.
WITHOUT the blown head gasket, you might have been able to get $1200-$1500 for it.
For someone to buy it and do the work almost doesn't make sense, considering the price they can get a good wagon for. Certainly the only people who would buy it would be a guy who knows he can do the work himself.
I'd consider parting it out. I'm sure that's not what you wanted to hear, but you're not really holding the winning lottery ticket there.
I just had an after-thought. If ever there was a good time to buy a car from a dealer, this would be a good time to use yours as trade in and pretend you don't know about the head gasket. Dealerships don't really care too much about what you bring in; they just want to give you some incentive to buy from them.
I pushed my wife to a Ford Stealership one time so
her parents could trade in her car and we could get their
I got her up to about 40MPH and she goes cruisin' in the
lot and a guy waves her into a parking spot.
I stop by 2 salesmen standing there who she had coasted by.
Salesman #1: "Boy, those Hundias sure run quiet!"
Salesman #2 about blew coffee out his nose and all over
They gave $1500 trade in on a blowed-up Huindead!
Thanks. After the snowstorm,v I'lll take the scort to the carwash, spray the interior with some chemical dizzy deodorant, and pass by the dealers.
Tecbnically though.. if i took off the spark plug from the cylinder, the car could run for a long time.. no more compression or explosion pushing the coolant away...?
By the way.. here's a list of random changes on my scort.. if anyone is in need of ideas
-spring spacers: Wanted more ground clearance for camping/snow... so got some cheap rubber rings. worked!
-gauges: oil pressure, vacuum, voltage. Detected a busted alternator, and a vacuum leak. One nice use for the oil pressure gauge was to make me realize why I shouldnt over-rev the engine on cold winter starts... 3000 rpm makes it reach 100 psi on a cold start!
-Headlights: not-so-legal 100/80W bulbs instead of the regular 60/55W Wire harness and wires still OK, and it helped me avoid a few deers..
-Horn: one double-trumpet air compressed regular horn wired to the steering wheel, one musical, 5-tone wired to a secondary switch. Probably the most fun mod ever
-soundproofing: a good 20 feet square of insulator/sound deading material under the carpet and in the doors. Helped a bit, but it was more psychological than real.
-audio: generic decent MP3/CD player, 4 new speakers, rear amplifier.
-air intake: resonator out
-fuel gauge: added a resistor so as to compensate for the gauge's reading being off by 1/8 of a tank.
-misc: Front door edge red lights wired to the dome light fuse , two additional 12V plugs , mudflaps, fog lights, and about 15 to 20 small pieces of rubber stuck in every single hole inside so as to stop the rattling.