your opinions much valued...i am not planning to take Sportrack apart myself but would like to get it sorted without being ripped off.Apologies for 'girls' descriptions and hope you can deceipher ok.:
Problem is that it has been overheating.The temperature needle on the dashboard never used to get beyond the centre. Tootling round town...fine..uses up a lot of water but so long as i check it twice a week no problem. On the motorway, goes fantastic...70mph no problem and the needle on the dashboard only gets to 1/4, but when i check the water it hasnt used any at all (as its cooling down it uses a lot- not suprisingly, i'd be thirsty in those conditions too).
Exhast is new; the radiator has been re-furbished; the radiator cap has been replaced with a higher pressure cap and the fan couplings changed. The garage also took out the thermostat which freaks me out completely - isnt this asking for the engine to go cook? - and seems to have stuffed a bit of foam between the radiator and the car front (something about forcing the air in and over the engine). Garage does freak me out as they say paternalistic things like ''bring it in so we can check the water''(if i did that it would always be bone dry) and dont explain. They say the next thing is to open up the engine and do the head gasket.Doesnt that cost a fortune? Its a G reg sportrack.
I have looked through the site and found some re-assuring bits of information but thought i'd see if any of you have an idea of what might be going on and what i need to do next