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Old 01-05-2013, 08:58 PM
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2000 740i head gasket replace

i need to know how it should cost me to replace both head gaskets on my 2000 740i,ive already replaced the whole cooling system, timming chains an guides an all timming chain rails an now the head gasket blew on drivers side,
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:39 AM
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Well, its a lot of labor. Removing valve-covers, all timing covers. Alternator. Fan clutch, waterpump, thermostat, radiator. Intake manifold. Timing chain, guides, and tensioners. Than removing the head. Book says 15-21 hours for timing guide job, so add a few to remove that. Than the mechanic will have to see if the head needs miling. Your best bet is to get a used motor, and swap out all those new cooling parts and timing stuff to the new motor. I promise it'll be cheaper and easier. Specially if the motor is out side of the car. Not worth paying new motor money. Get a lower mileage motor with warranty. Specially if you over-heat the motor, things could be bad and you might as well need the head balanced and milled. Are you 100% certain its a head gasket?
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