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Old 12-06-2006, 09:13 AM
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head gasket repair

the shop told me that i need to replace the head gasket. the quote i received is $1900. does that sound reasonable?
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Old 12-09-2006, 09:05 AM
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It seems a little high personally. The hardest part is if you have vanos, keeping everything in time while removing the head. Personally you may want to get a couple more quotes.
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Old 12-14-2006, 06:24 PM
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the shop told me that i need to replace the head gasket. the quote i received is $1900. does that sound reasonable?

$1900, does that include labor and parts? By parts, new cylinder head with new internals (retainer, valve, etc..)?

If that $1900 is for labor only, tell him, put the crack pipe down and walk away

I had mine done for $400 with parts (headgasket kit).
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Old 12-14-2006, 07:53 PM
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$1900, does that include labor and parts? By parts, new cylinder head with new internals (retainer, valve, etc..)?

If that $1900 is for labor only, tell him, put the crack pipe down and walk away

I had mine done for $400 with parts (headgasket kit).
Where did you get that done? The headgasket is a $200 part and the labor is not easy and there's a bunch of specialized tools involved.

Personally, I wouldn't take my car to a shop that offered a $400 head gasket job.


$1900 is a little high, though.
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Old 12-19-2006, 07:49 PM
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Typical going rate is 1400 bucks and you are right, Pelicanparts has the head gasket set for 200 bucks thus 1400 if they provide labor and parts is right. Lots of labor to do this, not exceptionally hard but long process...
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:56 PM
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I am in the process of doing the head myself on my 528i.
I can start a thread for anyone that is interested.
I just ordered the Head Gasket kit for $130.
Let me know.
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Old 11-19-2011, 04:52 PM
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if u blew the HG from overheating your going to need to check the head for warpage and cracks a machine shop can machine it back to spec usually. As for the pricing sounds reasonable with all parts included + labor included ive seen higher for a blown HG
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