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Old 01-11-18, 02:44 PM   #1
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Hi so i made a post a bit ago about radiator problems, turns out the head gasket has blown/cracked/died i don't know exactly.
But after having the AA take it to a garage (they picked) they have had a look and quoted me 2000 to have the gasket replaced and skimmed and for the coolant and oil to be flushed.

This seems excessive to me. but i don't know much about cars so maybe it actually does cost the same as a new kidney...

Joking aside any advice and whatnot would be great. its a 2010 automatic petrol 308 with about 110000 miles oh and the battery needs replacing, maybe that's the bit that costs an arm and leg?
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Old 21-11-18, 01:08 PM   #2
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I've just has a mobile mechanic do mine for 500
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Old 21-11-18, 04:15 PM   #3
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That is an extortionate quote.
Find yourself a small Peugeot/Citroen independent and expect the quote to be over 50% less.
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Right, so the work is done now as i didn't have time to look around and needed the car soon i just paid.

I've got the car back and the bill i'm going to post some details of the bill and yall can tell me what you think of the prices and work done?

Puegeot 308 S
103163 miles
Petrol

"Upon inspection the vehicle was miss firing and loosing water the cause was found to be the water pump pulley had failed causing over heating and blowing the head gasket, head was removed and we then found 2x internal core plugs to have also blown, the head was skimmed and pressure tested along with new core plugs replaced, rebuilt engine back up with all parts listed below, renewed the battery.road tested on 3 drive cycles and all is ok."

"Thermostat housing assembly -92
Head bolt set - 52
Head gasket - 99
Water pump - 60
Oil filter - 10
Timing chain full VVT kit - 380
Water pump pulley - 102
Battery - 100
Antifreeze x3 - 3.40 each
c2/c3 5w-30 low saps fully synthetic engine oil x4 - 10 each
Flushing oil flter - 10

Hourly labor charge 8.3 hours - 62.50
Head skim and pressure test and head repair - 185"

Total cost 1.989.87

Alright that's the details of the work done. its all paid for and over i'm just interested mostly on what the opinions of some other people are.

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Old 22-11-18, 11:22 AM   #5
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A couple of things seem dear, but the rest is probably the going rate.

If it were me I'd have sold it for scrap and looked for another. My immaculate 2008 1.4 308 with just 50,000 miles would barely fetch 1000 today at a private sale.
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Yea i did think about scrapping it to be honest, its got alot of miles and what not. to think if i had noticed the water pump was dead i mite of been able to avoid the gasket going kabloom! i must of drove it for a couple days with that pump dead. and didn't notice a thing.
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What is "abit pricey" in your opinion? id like to know for the future.

Also is work like changing a head gasket something i could do by myself or do you need training to be able to do that work safely. it doesn't seem that intricate from watching videos think i would enjoy working on a car tbh something i mite get into
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Most of the consumables (oil, antifreeze, filters, battery): I'd expect to pay much less with a weekly Euro Car Parts code.
With today's code the water pump pulley is 34, an Exide battery 56, 5 for the oil filter.

Head skimming can be cheaper if you shop around.

And I'd baulk at that hourly rate, but then again I'm a bangernomics skinflint. I'm just glad I have a circle of mechanic friends!
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