guess i didn't clarify. yah, i've given Total a call. but regardless of the price of the engine swap (which is quite good, don't get me wrong) I'm still unsure as to getting it done. As i said before
"my concern is that if i still run into more issues with this new engine i'll be totally screwed over. i pretty much am now since i've got no money and i'll be taking out a loan for this new engine.
i'm at school full time so that means no income, and i intend to go to grad school come next september."
from what i've asked around, there have been ppl who've replaced headgaskets and have them fail again relatively soon. Plus there's still the chance of having warped cylinder heads (getting them fixed or replaced is also gonna run LOTS of $$$)