Originally Posted by Ike95
V6 or V4 with tranny let me know. mines a v6.
ps i dont know much about cars. but im leaning toward scrapping the car.
I'm not sure if they make V4's haha. It's I4.
But here's what i would do. check the thermostat like beems said, that's exactly what happens. The thermostat lets coolant through when it is hot enough, but if its broken (which is VERY common in cold times) it wont let coolant through, resulting in it boiling over (steam out of engine blow out thing, donno the name). It happened to me last year in my DD (87 nova). Got about 5 km on my way to school, saw my temp gauge at MAX. Im like uhh [fizzle], turn around, about 1km later, engine is SMOKING. Im like [fizzle] it, i gotta make it home. Didnt hurt engine at all, thankfully.
Turned out, i needed a thermo stat + coolant/radiator flush. And it's been fine since.
About the head gasket. 40$ part, 800-2500$ fix (depends on the car really). It seriously is all labor. They have to take apart the ENTIRE engine. It might be cheaper just gettin the KLZE (high HP jap engine) or KLDE (the stock v6 american one). It seriously does take a long ass time.
I BELEIVE when ur head gasket is blown, your car blows out black smoke in the exhaust, because its oil getting burned or something. You'll have to check on that one.
Id maybe try getting a coolant flush?