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Head gasket change on 2.3E engine

I'm thinking of buying an Audi 80 coupé with the 5 cyl 2.3E engine, but it's using water & needs a head gasket change. Is this a big job ? I have average car DIY skills & tools.

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  • ray8561 Nov 21, 2008

    Thanks very much for the advice.

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I suggest having a good tech work on it. That's a good engine but difficult to work on.

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