Originally Posted by jr's3800
First his Pics suck.... Camera Phone?
Now, its unusual to burn out a set of head gaskets on a 3800... So this motor was run pretty hot at one point or another... I have seen where people did not know they were low on coolant and ran the level below the heads... After a while if you don't crack anything you will cook a head gasket that way...
I hop he will have the heads magnafluxed to check for cracks.. and have them shaved down a hair if needed...
My mom has run a vin c for a few weeks sans coolant w/o knowing it (place she took it for a flush forgot to tighten the radiator drain plug - oops) with no damage. And recently, she drove her S2 for several months with the coolant below the UIM level (I think theJMFC said it took 1 1/2 gallons to fill back up). These engines are crazy tough.
That said, heat kills, and I've seen one or two blown head gaskets in 3800'*. It can happen, it'* just rare.