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#6123686 - 02/02/12 08:26 AM Re: Car Repair Cost/Chevy Venture Van Head Gasket [Re: Redneck]
ColsPaul Offline
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Registered: 07/31/10
Posts: 9516
Loc: Dublin, Ohio
sounds high to me.
Is there another garage in town?

Head gaskets usually run around $1K +/-
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#6123907 - 02/02/12 09:20 AM Re: Car Repair Cost/Chevy Venture Van Head Gasket [Re: Sportdog]
victoro Offline
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Registered: 07/18/09
Posts: 961
Loc: Texas
Sounds extremely high to me. For $2100 you might be able to get a brand new crate motor from your local Chevy dealer and have enough money left to pay someone to swap out the motors. The new crate motor also comes with a pretty good warranty.

#6124035 - 02/02/12 09:46 AM Re: Car Repair Cost/Chevy Venture Van Head Gasket [Re: victoro]
GunTruck50 Offline
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Registered: 07/06/11
Posts: 321
First thing you need to do is diagnosis problem. Which
cylinder blew the gasket. On the rear bank or front bank.
Is there water in the oil, how long was it their. The rear
head takes 3 times as long as the front head to change.
Many mechanic,s pull engine to do rear head. Some just
drop cradle at rear to make more room to pull rear head.
If water is in oil it may have damaged rod bearings.
Engine won,t last after you replace head gaskets. what
made engine overheat in first place. How many miles is
on vehicle? The rear head is usually beyond your
backyard mechanic. Possibly getting close to repairs
exceeding value of vehicle.

#6124190 - 02/02/12 10:23 AM Re: Car Repair Cost/Chevy Venture Van Head Gasket [Re: GunTruck50]
Dave_Skinner Offline
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Registered: 05/26/03
Posts: 5757
Loc: The Treasure State
That's one of those nightmare deals -- all that plumbing and various crap in the way -- packaged construction so everything important is buried.
Then, when you finally pry everything out of the way and open sesame, there's an EXPENSIVE SURPRISE.
Already is going to cost a zillion dollars, go ahead and see about getting a warranteed rebuild or dealer engine replacement.
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