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99 vw beetle, been overheating for a couple weeks off and on . put coolant in it . well, it was overheating bad and smoked and got real hot. so had it towed . called mecahnic to find out what was wrong and cost? he told me theres 2 fold problem. it could be radiator and thermostat (which was one option 575 cost) or he would not know until after radiator replacement if head gasket blown 2300-2400 so up to me if i wanted to risk radiator and it turns out to be head gasket i would have to pay 2400. needlesstosay , i called told he replaced the radiator but its a blown head gasket . so i have to pay 2400 to get car fixed. is this just messed up and was i just manipulated or am i just paranoid.

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  • spsusie3 May 10, 2009

    my concern is price of course, but the options of replacing radiator for 575 and if i was wrong and its broken head gasket i would have to pay 2300-2400. obviously, it was the 2300-2400 , but it was a con job on me , do you agree, he knew if it was blown

  • spsusie3 May 10, 2009

    las vegas nv, so i will have to pay him 575 for radiator repair and tow car to new repair shop correct.

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Check around, I'm sure that you can find someone that can do it for less money.

I don't know if the radiator was bad or not, so I can't offer advice on that.

If your mechanic charges $100.00 per hour or more, I can see where they get the quote from.

If you need more assistance, post a comment.

Where are you located?

Maybe we can help suggest a mechanic for you.



Thanks,

Tim

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  • Tim Phipps May 10, 2009

    It is possible that the head gasket went and took out the radiator due to higher pressure. It is also possible that the radiator went out and the car overheated and took out the head gasket.

    That is water under the bridge now. I don't believe that it was a con job, they just charge too high of a rate.

    It is certainly too far away for me to fix it.

    For what they are charging though, I could buy round trip airline tickets, all of the tools once I get there, rent a car, stay in a motel, eat at fancy restaurants and still do the job and make $25.00 per hour or more.

    Shop around a little and you will find a better estimate.

    Thanks,

    Tim





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