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Old 11-26-2019, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Squiggle Dog View Post
It's interesting to note that the local Mercedes-Benz dealership wanted $6,381.26 to replace the head gasket and timing chain. That's not including the cost of a new head or a used one and the costs associated with machining and a valve and lifter job. A local independent Mercedes repair shop wanted $3,042.24. I did it for a few hundred dollars factoring in the low-cost used head.
Exhibit A of why old cars require a DIY owner. Most people would scrap the car over a cost like that, if you're capable of doing the work yourself, you can keep the car on the road. The shop has to make a living and it's a pretty involved job, on a car like this, that shop rate is more than the value of the car.
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