Head Gasket Failure 159 2.4 JTDM (Repair Cost?)
So after spending loads of money on my car which I've owned for 7 months, new clutch, flywheel, 5 tyres (yes 5, one of my new ones made good friends with a screw) I've now managed to fry my head gasket. And the reason? Well I changed the thermostat myself to try to save some money and I didn't bleed the system properly. Now all hell has broke loose.
She was driving fine for a couple of weeks, although I don't do many miles in it at the mo, and then on a long journey (80 miles) I noticed a lack of heat in the cabin. Checked coolant level, low. Topped up, fine. On the journey back, the same again happened but worse. I lost all power, slowed down to 40 on the motorway and couldn't get back upto speed. And then the temp gauge shot up and I got the dash warning. Stopped, let her cool down, filled coolant up and managed to get the car back home ok.
I booked it into a mechanic around the corner thinking I'd bodged the thermostat replacement up and it was leaking coolant. Hoping for a simple fix. They ran some tests and it's come back as a positive head gasket failure.
They've quoted me something in the region of £1300. This includes belts, gasket, skimming, and all other necessary bits and bobs and bolts. They will also supply 12 months warranty.
Now another mechanic I know has said, "**** that! I'll do it for £700". No warranty as you can probably guess. Now it's a hell of a lot cheaper, but this guy is a bit dodgy, so I'm not too keen on going down this route.
How much realistically should I be looking at for this repair. Is £1300 about right or is this a bit on the steep side. They're not specialists in Alfa's I should point out.
If anyone can point me to an Alfa/Fiat specialist in or around Derby who could do me a good price on this job, that would be a massive help.
The silver lining on the cloud is that it is due a cambelt change in the new year. I'm just glad this happened before as opposed to after!
Last edited by Decidan; 18-12-14 at 20:19.