Broken Timing Belt and bent valve!
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.