I have a 2003 Honda Civic that has overheating issues. I took it to a garage and they 1st thought it was the thermostat so that was changed, Still overheating.
Then they said it was most likely a bad radiator. Changed that, still overheating.
Then they said at that point it was the water pump. Changed that, still overheating. They recommended having the timing belt changed while changing out the water pump to save labour down the road as it was going to eventually need a new timing belt due to the age of the car. After doing all the above the car was still overheating.
They said it was a bad head gasket and they changed that out. I opted to have the whole head gasket kit used so everything in that area would be new. They had the head checked and said there was a slight crack in it but it was able to be smoothed down and was ok to use.
After all this was done, the car still overheated, and a new problem started. The car would intermittently not start. I could drive it without this new issue for a day or 2 no problem then all of a sudden it would happen. Last time I had to have it towed after waiting 2 hours trying to start it off and on.
Took it to an engine shop and left it overnight, they said they checked the compression of the bottom of the engine and it only registered a 2. So they said the engine was bad and I needed another engine. It would cost $1000 - $1200 for the engine + labour.
It has been sitting ever since. If any of the above had resolved the problems, it was worth it as I love this car, but I don't know if I should just try to sell it as is or continue trying to resolve these problems since so much has been done on it already.
If I did sell it as is, what would be a fair asking price? Thanks for any info / help you can give me. Any suggestions?
Someone had mentioned the intermittent starting issue could be timing belt. I have soaked so much $$ into this car