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Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 5:51 pm 
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hey guys

I have run into a number of problems with my car over the past few days, as it started overheating and pissing water everywhere, I assumed a blown heat gasket... i wont go on explaining all the unnessasarys...

anyhow.. I got the car towed into Ethridge Ford to get them to have a look at it, and the verdict is that I have a blown head gasket, my head is completely f**k and needs to be replaced, and there were some issues with my lifters and welsch plugs.

They quoted me $1600 odd to replace the head (with a reco-ed one which they will supply including fitting etc) also a further $560 odd dollars to replace the lifters and welsch plugs... in total everthing come to a whopping $2200

I almost dropped the phone when they told me all this, Is this a complete rip off... or is it not far off the mark for the amount of work being done?

They did give me the option of providing another head myself...?

If someone could shed some light on the subject, that would be great!

This is the last thing i need at the moment, I have no money and would like to spare as much as possible

Cheers guys :cry:
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Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 6:06 pm 
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one mistake... you went to a ford dealer they are the biggest rip off. any decent mechanic would be able to do the job for u.

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 6:17 pm 
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ReGiE wrote:
one mistake... you went to a ford dealer they are the biggest rip off. any decent mechanic would be able to do the job for u.


reason I went there was because they owe my dad a few favours due to them leaving his car with its keys in it while it was getting serviced.. and having it stolen for 2 days... so they said they will look after me.. hmmmmm
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Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 6:23 pm 
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reason I went there was because they owe my dad a few favours due to them leaving his car with its keys in it while it was getting serviced.. and having it stolen for 2 days... so they said they will look after me.. hmmmmm


2200 bucks, sounds like the only thing they're looking after is their monthly bonus.

Seriously - if that's their best price, save the favour for another day.

Plenty of members from Vic here, someone should be able to recommend a good place to have it done.

Maybe track down a head and then spend some money having it worked? Cam, porting etc.

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 6:25 pm 
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hmm thats gay. as 4.9 said save the favours for a rainy day man. you are sure to get better prices than that. what about doing all the labour yourself??

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 6:30 pm 
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Seriously it isnt all that bad, however there is definately some savings to be made. Go get some quotes from other places and show the more expensive places the lower quotes. But alos remember, cheapest isnt best. When i wento to get my head done I went to the nearest place which was trusted, and i paid around 1300 for a reconditioned head (which they said was new) and fitting. ten weeks later i was back there, getting another head replaced, this time free, and this time its lasted a bit longer. Both heads cracked under the camshaft above 4 and 5 cylinders. As for lifters and the rest, im not sure what youd expect to pay.

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 6:36 pm 
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insomnia wrote:
reason I went there was because they owe my dad a few favours due to them leaving his car with its keys in it while it was getting serviced.. and having it stolen for 2 days... so they said they will look after me.. hmmmmm


2200 bucks, sounds like the only thing they're looking after is their monthly bonus.

Seriously - if that's their best price, save the favour for another day.

Plenty of members from Vic here, someone should be able to recommend a good place to have it done.

Maybe track down a head and then spend some money having it worked? Cam, porting etc.


do you know of any decent places? I guess you wouldnt seeing as u are from south aus.

I'd like to get the head ported and new cam and stuff like that.. but that would set me back several thousand (im asuming) and I really dont have the money, unless you could tell me otherwise, I'm open to make improvements if ii can get the rest of the stuff done cheaper through someone else.

thanks for the advice
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Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 8:22 pm 
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I was quotes round 2700 for a reco'd engine fitted by a mechanic i know. If it truly is going to cost that much it would seriously consider just replacing it.

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 8:57 pm 
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is this out of the range of the ferntree gully auto salvage?

maybe xr8_dismantla might know how to do it....
and maybe can supply s**t
so pay for parts and a slab and you might be on :D ?

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 9:10 pm 
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best to chuck a complete motor in . would cost about 1150 to supply & fit a standard motor or $1400 to supply and fit a XR6 motor :lol: :lol:
and comes with a 3mth warranty.
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Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 9:38 pm 
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I just had my head removed, reco exchange head fitted, gasket kit, new head bolts, coolant, new spark plugs for $1050
drive in, drive away, shop around dude

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 10:15 pm 
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best to chuck a complete motor in . would cost about 1150 to supply & fit a standard motor or $1400 to supply and fit a XR6 motor :lol: :lol:
and comes with a 3mth warranty.


ooooh xr6 motor sounds VERY tempting... either way sounds like it will work out to be alot less... My engine has done 148,500.. do you have any engines that have done anything close to that?

I'm really strongly thinking about doing this... if an xr6 motor could be organised.. how soon could all this be done?

I really hope that ford do not charge me too much for the labour they have already done.... :roll:

thanks heaps darren
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Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 10:33 pm 
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XR6 motor is in stock as well as a standard motor.
would need to talk to the mechanics as to when it could be fitted
but allow a couple of days. i can arrange to have it towed over for $50
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Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 10:34 pm 
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Do you know how many k's the xr6 engine has done?

Will I need to change my ecu or anything else in my car in order to facilitate the xr6 engine?
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A std EF engine is cheap..Just use your manifild etc....Unless its throttle body inj...

 

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