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I have been wondering if anyone can tell me why there is a massive range in price to repair a blown head gasket on my 1997 1.9Ltr 4 cylinder Z3 .

£1200 - Nationwide Autocentre Quoted time to repair 10hrs also was told they might have to take the engine out and parts are hard to come by

£1000 - local BMW main dealer

£750 - S cars

£700 Mr. Clutch. Quoted time for repair 2 weeks and like all the others they stated that the price would probably rise quite a lot if there were extensive damage.

So I tried an online search for independant specialist and I found a company that have plenty of experiance of this type of job. They said the job will take 6 hrs and yes like the others they said that the price could rise if they found a lot more damage once they took the cylinder head off. They said that they would do exactly the same work as the others, diagnostics, skim head & preasure test .

My jaw dropped when they gave me the price, I thought it was a wind up £380
Naturally they now a booking to service the car.I can accept the price will most definately rise but a starting price of £380 is much better than £1200.

The question is what is the justification for the other quotes being so high.
 

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£1200 - Nationwide Autocentre Quoted time to repair 10hrs also was told they might have to take the engine out and parts are hard to come by

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bulls:censoredt

labour rates, make of parts used, some just chancing the hand are the usual reasons
when my 318iS popped i just swapped the engine, it didnt cost me much but i did it myself
 

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Too cheap in my opinion, you will pay more than that if it's getting done properly. Their labour must be around £50 a hour, so at 6 hours that's £300 already, then a headgasket set is around £90, so that's without the price of the skim and crack test.
 

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well the garage said he pays his mechanics £40 an hour. Also, the website displays 2 trade logos one for Bosch service and one for The OFT aproved code of practice.
 

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well the garage said he pays his mechanics £40 an hour. Also, the website displays 2 trade logos one for Bosch service and one for The OFT aproved code of practice.
Well that's £60 less then, so £240 for labour, I would expect that bill to rise personally. :thumbsup
 

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I expect it to rise, I'd be naive to believe otherwise, and yes it will probably rise considerably, yet I still think it's hard to justify the other garage prices. A common phrase used is "well sir we wont know the extent of damage until we remove the head", true,What of 'Diagnostics' and also At airports cargo is regulary scanned with devices that can see into the item, isn't about time such devices were used to modernise the motor repair trade and thereby save time and money.
 

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well the garage said he pays his mechanics £40 an hour. Also, the website displays 2 trade logos one for Bosch service and one for The OFT aproved code of practice.
I would love to work at that garage... £40/hr, be retired in a couple of years.:thumbsup

More likely he charges £40/hr and pays them £4/hr... Good luck with the job:thumbsup
 

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I expect it to rise, I'd be naive to believe otherwise, and yes it will probably rise considerably, yet I still think it's hard to justify the other garage prices. A common phrase used is "well sir we wont know the extent of damage until we remove the head", true,What of 'Diagnostics' and also At airports cargo is regulary scanned with devices that can see into the item, isn't about time such devices were used to modernise the motor repair trade and thereby save time and money.
Impossible to X ray through metal to look at other metals/metal objects.

And a very small crack in a head or headgasket or even a poor seal on the fire ring will not show up if you had a small camera in the engine(which you can get, costs about £400-500 for a decent one). I know this because I work on cars everyday and have done too many HG's to think about.

There are tests that can be done to diagnose the cylinder the gasket has blown on though, if you want to pay the labour, which obviously you don't, or you wouldn't be quibbling the prices so much and looking for the bare cheapest. :hihi
 

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I would love to work at that garage... £40/hr, be retired in a couple of years.:thumbsup

More likely he charges £40/hr and pays them £4/hr... Good luck with the job:thumbsup
Yeah, there's no way that his guys are on 40 pound a hour, and if for some ridiculous reason they were, there is not a chance that you'd get the job done that cheap. Unless he likes working at a loss. :rofl
 
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