2004 Civic Ex headgasket
I am new to the board and need some advice. I own a 2004 Civic Ex with only 60,000 miles. The dealer is now telling me the car needs a head gasket.
Background -The car started running hot three weeks ago. Didn't overheat, just running hot. Turned motor off, let cool. The funny part was there was anti-freeze in car and the engine wasn't burning it. Took it into the Honda dealer two weeks ago and they fixed the fan switch, thermostat and put new coolant in. I assumed everything was Ok as the car ran fine for a week. Yesterday, the car was running hot and check engine light kicked on for the first time. Also, the motor was running rough. Checked coolant and it was low for the first time. Added anti-freeze and took it dealer two miles up the road. They claim the Hydrocarbon test is high and that the head gasket is shot.
The dealer now wants $1500 to redo gasket after $200 for the fan switch etc.THE CAR HAS ONLY 60,000 miles! The dealer contacted thr area district manager and said the car is 5 years old and cant cover repair. Contacted American Honda and they too said can't do. I asked to speak to higher person in charge. They will be calling me back tomorrow.
Any ideas on how to win this dispute?
I guess Honda's quality is not what it used to be. I have had better luck with my newer GM cars than my two new hondas. Never again......