I have a 1999 VW Beetle. It overheated and the car stopped. The VW mechanic said that my coolant flange was broken. Which caused the starter not to work so the first thing he would do is put a starter in. After he did he said exhaust was coming up through the starter and the head gasket was blown. He is charging me 2000 for a flange, starter and head gasket. Does this sound right?
Yes that does sound about right
A head gasket is a huge job, most of your cost will come from labor charges alone.
〉 Answered on Sep 6th, 2007 by Amanda J. Pierce, MBA "AJ", Certified Mechanic, Project Coordinator; Primavera Scheduler at VIGOR Alaska Industrial Shipyard & BizzM3ch Solutions
For the VW Beetle doing a head gasket pays about 7 hours, it's not an easy job. Most of this cost will be labor.
Since you know everything that needs to be done, you can always call around and find out what other shops would charge you for replacing these same items.
In this case however, the dealership will have the most experience with this kind of work. Good luck.
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〉 Answered on Sep 6th, 2007 by Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines