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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-20-2007, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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Need a price on a repair?

Hi guys I need some help in getting an idea of how much it would cost to fix my car. It over heated and blew the head gaskets. I am sure that the head will need shaving. The car is a 1995 Tbird LX with a 3.8 motor. I live in Bradenton, FL. If anyone can suggest a mechanic in the area that is competent and fair with his pricing, I would appreciate that information also. Thanks....
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Hi guys I need some help in getting an idea of how much it would cost to fix my car. It over heated and blew the head gaskets. I am sure that the head will need shaving. The car is a 1995 Tbird LX with a 3.8 motor. I live in Bradenton, FL. If anyone can suggest a mechanic in the area that is competent and fair with his pricing, I would appreciate that information also. Thanks....
i don't know bout fl ny it maygo from $800-1200,but if u wanna tackle it ur self n save a few hundred n do it yaself.
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It will cost upwards of $1,000, probably closer to $1,600 or so to be done by a shop. It may seem like an intimidating job but once you get into it, you'll find it's not so bad at all. Doing it yourself should only cost in the range of $300-$500.

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Thanks for the info guys it's been a long time since I have done any mechanic work but those bolts on the exhaust manifold looks mighty rusty.
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yeah, for the 1200-1600 you could tackle it yourself. maybe someone thats close to you on here will do it and cut you a deal. shouldn't be hard to do if you have any experience as a mechanic. i opted for a new engine when mine went. thats another option. and i still spent only 600-800 and did the work myself

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yeah, i fixed my typos...

no problem

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If I where to sale this car how much do you think I can get for it has about 129 miles on it, rust bottom of passenger door?
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-30-2007, 01:19 PM
 
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with a blown HG dont expect more than 600.
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You could bring it up here and I could do it for you.
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Not to sound like an a** but if your going to pay 1600 or so for the work why not just pick up a working v8 for the same price? These cars arent worth much and with rust and a blown motor they are worth almost nothing. I have seen decent 95s go on here for about the same price as the hg fix. Also make sure the heads arent cracked because then it gets to be more money. Good luck in whatever you end up doing. And if you decide to do it yourself then good luck, I have never done it but Im sure from what other people say it shouldn't be to bad.
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Not to sound like an a** but if your going to pay 1600 or so for the work why not just pick up a working v8 for the same price? These cars arent worth much and with rust and a blown motor they are worth almost nothing. I have seen decent 95s go on here for about the same price as the hg fix. Also make sure the heads arent cracked because then it gets to be more money. Good luck in whatever you end up doing. And if you decide to do it yourself then good luck, I have never done it but Im sure from what other people say it shouldn't be to bad.
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