Fiance has a 1999 VW Beetle. Was told two months ago that it was leaking water from a cracked water pump (mechanic). She never got it fixed. About a week ago the car began making a loud noise. She pulled over. Water basically all leaked out, right there. She started it up (with the noise) and drove it about 3 blocks to see if she could get it home. She didn't, parked it.
Took it to a mechanic (same one) and he said a head gasket had blown, something else was warped (will specify what when I have more information).
What is the likelihood of this being true? I'm a little surprised that the engine overheated enough after the immediate death of the water pump to cause this in three blocks driving distance. I could be wrong.
My understanding is also that the sound was present during the 3 block drive. I have a suspicion the sound is actually the water pump. Perhaps it suffered some damage, such as a bearing or something, and is cranking around to make the noise.
Three questions then:
a) Does this story make sense? b) What would I expect to pay to have this repaired? c) What is the difficulty level of repairing it myself? The price quoted by the mechanic would be over the worth. He's offered to buy it for $200. This seems like it might be worth my time to figure out how to fix.