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Old 02-17-2009, 03:55 AM
1990 300se
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What should a valve job include? (m103)

Hi Guys,

I've been doing a bunch of searching on the forum and am trying to find out what a valve job generally includes (I'm going to have it done, not DIY). People on the forum have quoted that something like this usually goes for $1500 - $2000, but I'm not sure what parts are included in this quote.

For example, I know that at minimum, there will be machine shop fees, valve guides, seals, gaskets for the head, front timing cover, valve cover, etc. However, does a valve job usually include a new timing chain, guides, new serpentine belt, etc? What other things might I expect to be changed?

Thanks for any input and have a great week!

p.s Forgot to mention that the car has over 200k miles on it!

Last edited by alienman; 02-17-2009 at 04:05 AM.
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:06 AM
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Head removal & re-install is about a 10 hour job.
Expect to pay $500-600 for parts & machine shop sublet.
Hoses, antifreeze & other necessary parts will run $200 +-.

If you want a new chain(good idea) add several hours & $100...
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Old 02-18-2009, 06:03 AM
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Thanks MB Doc - much appreciated!
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