Forgot my password so I had to re-register, hence the 1st post.
2002 Jetta 1.8T
Bought two years ago with 90k and told that timing belt was replaced at 80k.
I was at a stoplight saturday when the car suddenly dies. It wouldn't restart either (cranking but not catching).
Have it towed to my mechanic and he says the timing belt is bad! Argh. I HOPE there;s no damage, so I have him replace the belt. No such luck - he replaces the belt and calls to tell me the 1st cylinder is frozen (bent valve).
He estimates $2500 in parts and labor (new valves, machine the head).
So. I want to cut costs of course. Do I:
>spend $500 on a used 1.8T head, with only 56k miles and pay for install?
>spend $?? on a 'new' performance built head (anyone know of a reputable source?) and pay for install?
>just have my mechanic do all the work for $2500?
This really sucks. I was just about to pull the trigger on ECS' stage 1 clutch kit, get a short shifter, and lower this btich.
Any help, suggestions, been there done that, if I had to do it again, etc. will be much appreciated.
$1,480 for RR (18.5 hrs at $80 per)
$280 for the machine shop to pressure test and resurface
$400 to replace the valves and lifters in ONE cylinder only
$100 for a water pump
$200 for gaskets, seals, coolant, bolts.
Labor is the majority of the cost above.
So. If I'm gonna come out of the pocket like that on labor, I want to get a fully built head. Not just fix one cylinder.
There has to be a source that sells rebuilt / reman heads for less than $1,880 ($400 x4 cylinders, plus $280 pressure test/resurface).
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