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01-31-2014, 12:11 PM
What is the average cost of a head gasket replacement for a 2003 including parts and labor?
I'm in North Carolina ...if that matters.

01-31-2014, 02:49 PM
Here's a costing overview.
Labor rate is 8 to 12 hours so depending upon shop rates in your area budget around $1000 to $1500.

Head set $167.
Misc gaskets incl exhaust manifold & head bolts & thermostat $347.15
Add $140 for glow plugs if necessary.
Add $500 for head overhaul valves and seal extra per requirements.

add $1500 for new injectors should they be elected to install.
add $500 approximately if any injectors have to be eroded out and any studs whiuch cannot be easy outed using an EDM machine.

Add about $125/$150 for new filters and oil using Mobil Delvac 1300 & coolant.
Hope that helps

Aqua Puttana
01-31-2014, 03:07 PM
rlent Randall gives a nice overview of the process here complete with some tips. :thumbup:



01-31-2014, 08:27 PM
Is this a common failure? A year ago Mercedes told me I needed a new head gasket due to minuscule seepage at the passenger rear of engine. I had a indy mech. do a pressure test and he said it was fine and not to worry. Further research here shows that these head gasket seepage spots are benign. Anyways Mercedes quoted $6000 to pull the engine, fix the black death, replace head gasket, injectors glow plugs and a torque converter that they said was causing the RSN. That was a year ago and since then I only fixed the BLack D for $800 and the tranny fluid ....all seems to be fine.......But head gaskets are at the back of my mind.

01-31-2014, 10:50 PM
Fine coolant leaks can be stopped with BK Stop Leak.
Being principally constituted from a ground up Brazilian pepper its organic and can be flushed out with plain water. Leak returns!

So good in fact for the potentially expensive leak eradication evenm I use it! And in any case its an official fix for leaking wet liners on LR Flandie V6 engines.

02-13-2014, 01:53 PM
Dennis, I just googled "BK Stop Leak" and didn't get any hits. Does it have another name?