If I am not mistaken, you responded to a couple of my posts on doing the head on my 190E. In answer to your last question, yes. I can't imagine any credible mechanic reusing the old head gasket. $1200 to do a head gasket is un real. It should probably take a good mechanic no more than 4 hours to do the job. (That's about what I estimate it would take me now) (Not that I consider myself a "good mechanic" but it certainly shouldn't take them any longer than me. I imagine the rebuild price will be slightly more than mine cause you have 6 cylinders, I had 4. Are you planning to take the head off yourself?
1988 190E 2.3 (178,000)
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