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    1. casse

      casse Well-Known Member

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      As per title really - car is not mine, it is my sister's car. 04 Megane, dynamique (i think, the one with the funny boot??). Anyway had someone who we trust to look it over and he has said the options are £800 for an engine and £200 for labour...or scrap it and she would be looking at around £350 from a well-known place. Car is in almost immaculate condition in terms of body, interior and exterior...just a goosed engine.

      Any thoughts on what to do with it? Or is it just easier to scrap for the sake a potential for a few quid more?

       
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      Head gasket blown - should we just sell for scrap or consider ebay, or anywhere e

      It only has a blown head gasket?
       
    3. casse

      casse Well-Known Member

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      Head gasket blown - should we just sell for scrap or consider ebay, or anywhere e

      To be honest mate I am not very car savvy..but I thought the head gasket blown is a major thing? Anyway the car broke down and was taken to a garage who said that the engine was useless. We didn't really trust the garage, bad reputation for ripping people off but the car broke down over the bank holiday weekend just gone so it was the only place it could get taken to. Since then we have had the car home. My dad works with a woman whose husband apparently 'works with and fits engines for his job' - he came around to take a look and give advice and this is where we are now. He reckons it is definitely fvcked so going to take that at face value.
       
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      Head gasket blown - should we just sell for scrap or consider ebay, or anywhere e

      The first garage did say there was also some sort of rattling....maybe the family friend picked up on that...but yes engine is broken so just trying to think of other ideas before we sell it for scrap.
       
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      Head gasket blown - should we just sell for scrap or consider ebay, or anywhere e

      You can go for ebay. Its worth to give a try. Hope you will get a good deal. But if ebay fails I afraid you will have to go for the scrap sell. But pray for the better one
       
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      Head gasket blown - should we just sell for scrap or consider ebay, or anywhere e

      If it's some one you/she trusts thats looked over the car and has come back saying it wants a engine it's got to be more than just the head gasket blown, does it still run or has it been driven untill it stopped and won't restart?

      if it is just the head gasket thats gone and it still runs havea second garage have a look at the car, a blown head gasket is not a engine killing problem unless its been ran untill it overheated to the point of seizing.

      if it still runs and she doesn't want the hassle of having it repaired it should make half decent money on ebay, (but expect a lot of daft offers before the auction ends)
      £800 sounds like a lot of money for a used engine, unless that price is for a recon/well warrenty'd engine, is it diesel? £200 labour to fit it is good though.
       
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      Head gasket blown - should we just sell for scrap or consider ebay, or anywhere e

      If he fits engines for a living, it is in his interests to sell you an engine and fit it.
      Bit like if I fit tyres and do MOT's, any tyre near the limit will be failed an MOT.

      Try getting a price for head gasket replacement(if that is what it is) and the head skimmed/checked for cracks. Then decide which would be best to do.
       
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      Head gasket blown - should we just sell for scrap or consider ebay, or anywhere e

      edit- just read the other posts added while I was typing mine, it sounds like its been ran to the point of damaging more than the head gasket, it being 'worth' spending a £1000 on is kinda subjective,
      if she has £1000 to spend it's possibly worth fixing it if it's as tidy as you say.
      if she has more to play with maybe just be done with it and upgrade..
       
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      Head gasket blown - should we just sell for scrap or consider ebay, or anywhere e

      Yeah she hasn't got much in the way of savings, so thinking of just getting some cheapish run around...maybe ebay then the scrappie if that fails.

      Thanks for the thoughts guys!
       
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      Head gasket blown - should we just sell for scrap or consider ebay, or anywhere e

      What is the current market value of the car?
      That's what should determine scrapping or not, agreed sound very expensive at £800 for a used engine should be able to get one much much cheaper than that. I'd expect £500 all in and fitted at the most.
      Going for the cheap runner is not always a cheap runner, done this twice myself by the time you add things like any tyres a service, swapping insurance, months left of tax and any little touches the new car may need you can easily end up spending more than would of cost to fix the problem
       

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