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Is my landcruiser a write-off??


 
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Tess
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2003 19:52    Post subject: Is my landcruiser a write-off?? Reply with quote

My P reg Colorado is guzzling litres of water and billowing steamy smoke from the exhaust. My garage says that the head gasket is gone or the block is cracked They say if the block is cracked the car is a write off because a new engine would cost more than it is worth. I paid them 17000 for the car two year ago. Does anyone know if this is true, or if I can get a reconditioned engine from anywhere? I love the car and don't want to lose it or my 17k!! I would be really grateful for advice
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2003 23:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

Garages are basically conmen. They survive by asking you to pay 55 per hour labour charge and paying the grease monkey who does the work 8.50 per hour. The owner does not holiday in Devon out of season, believe me. Nor does he drive a 7 year old car. Sure as shooting he doesn't live in a council house!

If your head gasket has gone it's not a big deal. A few hundred quid at most. Even if your engine has totalled itself a decent garage will try to find you a good engine from a written off wreck, quite possibly younger than yours and with less miles. This is going to cost you up to a few thou, or if you strike really lucky maybe a few hundred, but not 17k! You need a decent, non-franchised, garage. Don't pay more than 30 per hour for labour, and ask them to source 2nd hand or recon parts. Post back for more encouragement.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2003 19:59    Post subject: broken landcruiser Reply with quote

Thank you John for your reply, and advice, it has cheered me up!
I am am going to look for quotes from other garages, I will let you know how I get on
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