I guess this may sound silly to some.... but so be it. My car just blew a head gasket. Real major damage, real major repair needed. It went hot on me .....which wasn't noticed until about 4 miles from home, whereupon there was a significant change in its response. At several points it quit on me but I 'nursed' it on home. It was so hot it melted out the back spark plug wires which were new last summer. After looking at some drops of transmission oil, I believe the transmission was also fried in part due to the over heat.... (gray flecks in the oil) and will be the next repair needed even if it suffices for now. Its a 98 Ford Taurus with 150,000 + or - on its odometer: I bought it in 2002, used, for $4,000. The thing is, I live 10 miles from any grocery store, in the country where neighbors are acers or portions of miles apart. I have no credit cards and $1013/month to live on. Please pray that the Lord will give me His guidance and wisdom as to whether I should junk the car and depend on the help and transport of others for a while, while saving for another used car or whether I should have this car repaired with a rebuilt or salvaged engine. I hope I will be led to the right decision but have no experience and know of noone to advise in these matters. I don't feel an urgency, but know the car shop will not hold my car for long without some decision coming from me. Thank you.