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simon tompkins

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hi guys just a further querie if i did have to replace the headgasket on my e280
p reg roughly how much should i expect to pay
 

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It is a days work to do it
 

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Is that a straight six or a vee?? Personally I would struggle to do a straight six in a day, usually booking the car in for at least two. This takes account of the fact that I will always get the head skimmed to true, and my local friendly machine shop don't know the meaning of the phrase "hurry up!". I can't complain as their job is always of top quality!!

Vee six obviously has two heads, so unless you plan on just doing one, it is even more work!!
 
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its a straight six,im not saying i need it done but i have got a water leak which is getting quite bad,its on the side of the water pump and im hoping its just that,so what would i be looking at cost wise for a head gasket roughly?

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£700 - £800 at an independent, using genuine parts and new head bolts.

Quite likely to be an issue with the water pump, IMO
 
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thanks for that mate i do think its the water pump i will try that first as its the cheapest option and quick to do.


thanks simon
 

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hi guys just a further querie if i did have to replace the headgasket on my e280
p reg roughly how much should i expect to pay

I have just had my 320TE done - 10 hours plus head skim, head bolts, and head set.
 

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I think you will find a water pump change on the 104 engine is something like 6 hours shop time plus cost of pump (approx £200 genuine) so not cheap BUT will last another 14 years if done properly and proper Mercedes coolant used.
 

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After a run any water pump leak could be found by feeling under the pump at the front, they all go at some point in life, mine failed at 20k miles
 

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