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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?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Yes that does sound about right A head gasket is a huge job, most of your cost will come from labor charges alone.

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Joan, 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. Lori Johnson New at Askpatty: Ask Patty is announcing CarBlabber. It's car reviews for women by women like you! What does your car mean to you? Do you love or hate your car? Is your car a fashion statement or a pile of junk? We want to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly about your car. Ask Patty is offering a lineup of amazing products as prizes to CarBlabber members (and signing up is totally free!). All you have to do is create a profile, review a car and add a photo to your review! Sign up at www.askpatty.com/carblabber http://askpatty.typepad.com/ask_patty_/2007/08/blab-about-your.html

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