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Old 04-03-2006, 05:11 PM
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Finally had to do the headgasket!!!

OK... so I finally had to do the headgasket on the SDL. I mean the original one went 413K miles... I guess I should be happy! The car should be done this week, and I ended up having a good mechanic friend do it for me. A complete job for 900 bucks... who could argue?! Anyhow, I will post any additional results when I get the car back (hopefully) this week. When a friend is cutting you a deal, you really cant be too pushy with them

I will post more later!

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Old 04-03-2006, 09:42 PM
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Wow, 900.00 is a "deal"?

I sure am glad I am a DIYer, I am hoping to get mine done in the 50.00 range...
my non turbo 300D got a bit overheated... as soon as I get it apart and see the damage, we will see if I pop for a gasket, or just transplant my extra turbo motor in the bay.
wish me luck!
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:46 PM
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What about the conditon of the head?

No cracks?

What about the valves? With over 400K on the head, did you consider doing the valves??

What about the guides and seals??

That's a ton of miles to just simply slap a head gasket on and expect to fly??
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:50 PM
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I would assume that his $900 "complete job" is a full top end rebuild.
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:53 PM
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if he does all that

900 may not cover the parts.

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Old 04-03-2006, 10:55 PM
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I would assume that his $900 "complete job" is a full top end rebuild.
Well, I don't think he can get a full top end for $900. The labor to R & R the head is about 8 hours and there are some miscellaneous parts that are required, so, $900. is probably just the head gasket.

I spent about $1K on mine........and I did the labor.........
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:58 PM
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I spent about $1K on mine........and I did the labor.........
Ouch.
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Old 04-03-2006, 11:04 PM
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and brian is right

with those miles it will need a lot of parts to do it right.

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Old 04-03-2006, 11:11 PM
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Aaron's head is cracked, I spoke to him earlier today when I awoke.

I may yank my good No 14 and send it to him. The head was at a machine shop to be checked out and have new valve seals installed when he found out it was cracked.

His car is in great shape, rebuilt front end, timing chain, etc. Just lots of freeway driving.
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