Originally Posted by egladman
The book says there is a low coolant level light. The only one that came on during my overheating was the check gauges light which was suggesting the coolant temperature gauge which by this time was pushing 250 degrees.
You car had no water in it yet the low coolant light didn't come on? Do you normally watch your temp gauge? If you do you would've noticed the car heating up to hotter temps than normal then quickly dropping down to normal temps after a little bit. Also, were you using your heat at all...if you had very little coolant you would've had no heat.
When I overheated my STE last winter because my radiator rotted out and a large chunk of it fell out, the low coolant light came on. Then the temp gauge kept rising and rising. It hit the red at the top of the gauge so I pulled off to the side and let the fans run for 15 minutes, then kept driving. Did this about 5 times until I got to my subdivision where I parked the car (it was on the opposite side of the subdivision, about 1 mile away) and walked home. However, the last section that I drove back to the subdivision I went a little further than the other times and my Service Engine Soon light came on (never my check gauges light though...which I know works). Got a ride back later a drove the car home. Got the radiator re-cored. Put it in and drove the car. I just LOVE aluminum heads with an iron block. What happened...well I warped the rear head and blew the head gasket...YAY!!!
So I drove it like that smoking horrible at idle for a few months until I could tear the engine apart, then I made it worth my while, I changed the oil often to keep the coolant out of it and filled the coolant often as well. Then a week later the water pump went out and I got to replace that. I put way too much money into this stupid car.
But really, I think you will be fine. The 3800'* are bulletproof when it comes to stuff like this. Just watch your coolant & oil levels closely for the next couple weeks to make sure you didn't blow any gaskets or crack anything or something like that. You should be ok though.