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Hi all

I have a is200 and few days ago i drove 50 miles and the car over heated and flued leaked so i took it to a garage to be told its my head gasket and it would cost 700-800 uros to put right ,he also removed the thermostat in order to get me back to were i was going .

the car has gone to a garage local to me and the polish guys say it my be only the thermostat witch i gather wont cost that much ???

in the event that it is head gasket , what would be a right price to pay ? he also wants to do the timing belt should he need to replace it ?

helppppp meee lol :)

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Hi robbie although i dont know the prices of fitting a new head gasket you can maybe take the chance on the cheaper option by just having a new thermostat fitted and see if the engine will hold together. but if not then head gasket will be the way....

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Also check the coolant pressure cap, there have been issues with these causing the problem you have.

You really need to confirm a failed headgasket before you start having the engine stripped either by doing a cylinder compression test or better still a cylinder leak down test, any decent garage should be able to do these.

Have a look in the oil filler cap for signs of oil/water mixing it looks like mayonaise.

Finally amother test is to insert the emissions exhaust probe used on MOTs ( NVT I think you have) into the space above the coolant, but not actually in the coolant whilst the engine is running and this should detect exhaust gases in the coolant confirming a HG problem.

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