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Jan 10, 2017, 4:25 PM

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hi guys

i have a 2003 volkswagon golf gti vr6 2.8 liter that had the radiator fixed and now its the thermostat housing according to my mechanic- have you had this problem and if so what did you do? i keep sinking money into the car and how much is a good price to simply get the housing replaced and all its gaskets with labor - i can get my own parts...

thanks in advance

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Jan 10, 2017, 6:24 PM

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Did they replace the radiator with a new one? Repairing one of those plastic/aluminum radiators isn't cost effective. WV uses a lot of plastics in their coolant system, so over time with the expansion and contraction along with the plastic aging and becoming brittle its not going to last as long as something that uses metal parts.

If the thermostat housing is leaking and you want to keep the car, it has to be fixed if you want to keep driving it, right? What is your mechanic's labor rate? Have you got some other quotes in your area from some other licensed and insured shops?

Labor for thermostat housing is around 2.5 hours
Thermostat housing assembly aftermarket around $140 (dealer part is higher if you go that route)
There is going to misc part prices in there.
Probably $340-$450? What did they quote you?

If you get your own parts, it will be cheaper. Some shops won't even install customer parts and most won't warranty the work. Just FYI.

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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Jan 10, 2017, 6:25 PM)

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Jan 10, 2017, 6:52 PM

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thanks for the reply... i had a shop quote me at $50 an hour labor to put the part in if i buy it - guess that would be roughly $150 plus the part which would run me around $100 on the cheap... i can call around . my mechanic wont put the part in if i buy it. so i am going to the guy that put the radiator in.

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Jan 10, 2017, 7:03 PM

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i had a shop quote me at $50 an hour labor to put the part in if i buy it -

I'd have real concerns about that shop.


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