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There are entire websites dedicated to the headgasket failures of the 2.5l engine. It is a common problem. There are two phases of 2.5l engines. Typically phase I leaks internally, phase II typically leaks externally.

I think the shop is taking you for a ride though because if they do a headgasket job for $1800 then they should be removing the engine and machining the heads. The cost of a clutch at that point should be a lot less since everything is apart.

Generally, once the headgasket has been replaced with an updated gasket, and surfaces properly prepped properly it should not fail again. If they do a sloppy job (dont remove the engine, clean mating surfaces, mill heads) then you can expect to have another failure.
 
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