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hey all, i'm new to this site and forum. i've had a mist green 4cylinder auto '89 model camry CS sedan for about four years. last night i was driving home from work and noticed it started to heat (which is strange as this is the first time its ever heated at all since i've owned it). I pulled over and on inspection found that my top hose had split and no longer had any water in the radiator. I had it towed to the closest garage as I couldn't put water in it being so hot and didnt have a hose to replace it. thinking i need a new hose and probally a thermostat or something i went and told the mechanic to go ahead and fix it. he then called me about an hour later and told me the head is stuffed and i'm looking at upto $1200 (australian) to fix it. he said he'll do a temparary fix that will get it going for about two weeks while i work out what to do. the value of the cars only about $3000AUD, I dont know whether to entirely trust the guy and have never had this happen with any car so i'm just after opinions as to whether thats a fair estimate to carry out the work or whether you think i'm being rorted? not knowing anything about heads this fella could pretty much tell me and charge me whatever he wants so any imput at all would be greatly appreiciated.