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cad_99gt316
10-11-2006, 03:18 PM
my car finally got that stupid coolant leak. ive been waiting 4 this moment, but i aint ready. anyways, i decided to ask around for a price from my local mechanics. so far i called 4 places. $450 was the lowest and $650 was the highest. i might be able to get the $450 place to lower the price since i know the dude, but are those average prices for this major pain in the ass? i live in houston if that has anything to do with it.

pyro
10-11-2006, 03:27 PM
i paid 600 here

Tank
10-11-2006, 03:42 PM
yeah those are good prices, I paid 800 plus on my end.

Ajaxus
10-11-2006, 05:10 PM
the prices are good. the thing about the lim fix is the parts are about $30 IF that. all of the charges are in labor because the engine has to be pulled, lower end dismantled, gaskets replaced, lower end reassembled, and put back in.

iirc haynes estimates the fix to take an experienced mechanic/shop around 8hrs.

digitalballz
10-11-2006, 07:09 PM
450 is cheap heck even 650 aint bad around here. I know we got 750 a couple weeks ago!

steranko75
10-11-2006, 07:20 PM
$600 here too

tjc13
10-11-2006, 07:48 PM
the prices are good. the thing about the lim fix is the parts are about $30 IF that. all of the charges are in labor because the engine has to be pulled, lower end dismantled, gaskets replaced, lower end reassembled, and put back in.

iirc haynes estimates the fix to take an experienced mechanic/shop around 8hrs.

If someone told you that the engine has to be pulled to replace the LIM gaskets you were taken for a ride. If you were to replace the heads you would need to pull the engine, unless you know a good trick.

cad_99gt316
10-11-2006, 07:59 PM
awesome. but now i have a major prob. i just found out today that the coolant wasnt only leaking on the outside, but as well into the engine. i found all that crap when i took off the oil cap. that being said, would this raise the quotes that i got? i dont know how long ive been driving like this. i found the outer leak friday when i changed the thermostat. i know i shouldnt be drivin with the car like that, but how long do i have b4 im in big trouble? im so frustrated!

digitalballz
10-11-2006, 08:41 PM
not unless there is something else wrong. Which you wont know untill it is puleed apart. And no you dont have to pull the motor to remove the heads!!! I know on Caddy's northstar motor the oil pan gasket leaks alot, and the only way to get at it to replace it is to pull the motor. But book time to pull that motor is over 20 hours, so most people deal with the leak!! lol

Ajaxus
10-11-2006, 10:41 PM
If someone told you that the engine has to be pulled to replace the LIM gaskets you were taken for a ride. If you were to replace the heads you would need to pull the engine, unless you know a good trick.


i hate being taken for a ride. :(

LoboMan7409
10-11-2006, 10:47 PM
I did mine myself, but I am going to have to do it again, the gaskets I got werent the updated ones

juanvan
10-12-2006, 09:27 AM
750 was what I paid and that was the cheepest in my area - one place quoted me 1200... I hung up the phone on them.

tjc13
10-12-2006, 02:11 PM
And no you dont have to pull the motor to remove the heads!!! Ok... but if you have ARP head studs you do.

angrysk8r
10-12-2006, 05:36 PM
you can do it yourself for pretty cheap (especially if you have the necessary tools), i made a walkthrough some time ago if that helps

http://www.grandamgt.com/forum/showthread.php?t=60868&highlight=lim+change

cad_99gt316
10-13-2006, 02:03 PM
well i took the car in to the mechanic. hes charging me $425. not bad.

Kaptain Kirk
10-13-2006, 02:30 PM
I work at the local chevrolet dealership and the price for labor (5.3 hours) is $476.74 and the gasket set is $40 (cost) and new bolts are another $40. All parts prices are off of the top of my head so its a rough estimate.

dan55678
10-16-2006, 08:34 AM
i noticed that my coolant was starting to leak then i discovered on here all the problems with it. my pontiac dealership as usual told me about the hundreds of dollars it would cost to fix, but i put prestone coolant leak stopper in the coolant tank and it actually worked. this was about 2 months ago so with my luck i will get the problem at the most inopportune time.

eaglesrealm
10-21-2006, 02:17 PM
my car finally got that stupid coolant leak. ive been waiting 4 this moment, but i aint ready. anyways, i decided to ask around for a price from my local mechanics. so far i called 4 places. $450 was the lowest and $650 was the highest. i might be able to get the $450 place to lower the price since i know the dude, but are those average prices for this major pain in the ass? i live in houston if that has anything to do with it.

I have a 2001 GAGT, that I had done in late 2004 when it had 71K on it already.
Car was about 8 months outside of the 3 yr portion of the warranty, but that was superceded of course well over a year earlier when I crossed the 36K mark!

Regardless, even then, I fought with Pontiac on the basis that this was a shady problem that GM has ignored for so many of us. They ended up offering a deal to do it for $150 and they would cover the rest. I took it and *knocks on wood*, I am at 125K now 2 years later and no problems yet with the new one. I would try arguing with them first, try a couple Pontiac dealerships if you can. Try to prove what a loyal GM owner you are.

rocketfast123
10-21-2006, 11:47 PM
800 at the dealer