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    Thread: VR6 Rebuild Cost?

    1. Member Peter_M5's Avatar
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      06-05-2006 05:15 PM #1
      After an oil change I tried to start my car, and it wouldnt start unless I floored it and it wouldnt idle at all. When I finally got the car running plumes of white smoke came out of the exhaust and from the engine bay.

      so I think the head gasket is gone, checked the coolant and there was no oil, so I pulled the plugs out and found oil covering the all the spark plugs.

      I think its time for a rebuild... I'm getting a mechanic to do a leak down test on Saturday to confirm my fears, but I'm wondering if its worth it to continue this project. How much does a head job usually cost? How much do new valves and seals cost? While I am at it how much to do the timing chains?

      Just a rough idea is fine...I 'm just trying to avoid the sticker shock




      Modified by Peter_M5 at 1:16 PM 6-5-2006


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      06-05-2006 06:31 PM #2
      I did:

      HG
      arp head studs
      MAF
      o2
      plug wires
      plugs
      head seal kit
      block seal kit
      clutch
      clutch install kit
      lifters
      chains
      guides
      tensioners
      BFI mounts (.5)
      oil & filter
      fuel filter
      injector orings
      SS brake lines

      And probably forgeting some things...

      About $1800 in parts + shipping? I'd have to check.

      If it comes to it again, I would buy a used VR6, rebuild the head, block and swap over everything to save downtime, sell used head / block

      I didn't do rings / valves, but eventually will need to - I tihnk the valve guides are shot too.



    3. 06-05-2006 06:43 PM #3
      so far I'm $1900 in the hole, head rebuilt, complete valvetrain & labor, timing chains, clutch, coolant parts, gaskets.
      262 AT cams
      TT titanium retainers
      TT valves
      TT stem seals
      TT keepers
      AT HD sport springs
      followers
      timing chain kit
      sachs clutch
      all necessary gaskets
      cooling systems parts(pipes, orings, thermo)
      and various other bits and pieces, im sure it will pass 2000 easily enough and very soon


      Modified by 708VR6 at 4:48 PM 6-5-2006

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      06-05-2006 07:24 PM #4
      thanks guys that really helps

    5. 06-05-2006 07:41 PM #5
      i too have done a rebuild, complete from oil pan to valve cover, and i can tell you from experience that if your looking not to spend many bejamins you might want to look for a low milage vr6 that has no issues. you may (depending on your location) be able to cop a sub 100k mile vr6 for only a few hundred dollars, invest another 2-300 on chains and other misc things it will need to be happy and call it a day. but if your willing to do the whole kit and kaboodle by all means go rebuild route, pm me if you want any hints or ideas to make your rebuild a bit less stressful and more sucessful

      -m


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      06-05-2006 11:33 PM #6
      thanks mark

      I live in Vancouver, Canada

      It's like the most expensive place to buy VR6's in North America....in my opinion



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      06-06-2006 02:02 AM #7
      Quote, originally posted by 708VR6 »

      262 AT cams
      TT titanium retainers
      TT valves
      TT stem seals
      TT keepers
      AT HD sport springs
      followers

      thats the kind of rebuild Im gonna do! (except I dont really need it )

      The 1995 GTI VR6 Resurrection thread:
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...a-1995-GTI-VR6

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      06-10-2006 04:23 PM #8
      Budgets are funny, and quickly broken. I've doubled my budget of $3000 during my rebuild but I did a total block/head overhaul, replaced the suspension, added a Peloquin, did some paint and replaced all those silly parts that cost hella $$ in labor to replace like the water pump.

      It all depends what you want: NICE VR6, or a new car. That new 2.0T GTI is hot stuff But I wouldn't give up my VR6T for anything.

      *** I bought a remanufactured head from Clearwater Cylinder Head for $445. You can't rebuild a head for that price anywhere.

      VRT - Kinetic Stg1, EIP 9:1 HG, ARP studs, SAMCO, Forge, Dieselgeek SS, SPEC stg2, Autotech 10lb flywheel, Peloquin, Dick Shine real street suspension, eurosport cat-back. Bling: Audi TT rims, VDO gauges, Golf hood, Mattig badgeless, e-code angel eyes, all-smoked signals, eurolip.

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      06-12-2006 02:48 PM #9
      More then $6000?

      Wow!

      Did you over bore the cylinders? 3.0L Vr6?

      Did you use the oversize exhaust and intake valves from TT?

      New Cams? What kind?

      Port & Polish the intake and exhaust ports?

      Knife edge the crank?

      New Upgraded injectors?

      Balance and Blueprint everything?

      What turbo kit are you using?


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      06-13-2006 08:00 AM #10
      Quote, originally posted by Peter_M5 »
      More then $6000?

      Wow!

      I don't wanna hijack the thread But if you're interested, here's the thread on my rebuild: http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2582974
      I didn't just do the engine, I did the car.

      VRT - Kinetic Stg1, EIP 9:1 HG, ARP studs, SAMCO, Forge, Dieselgeek SS, SPEC stg2, Autotech 10lb flywheel, Peloquin, Dick Shine real street suspension, eurosport cat-back. Bling: Audi TT rims, VDO gauges, Golf hood, Mattig badgeless, e-code angel eyes, all-smoked signals, eurolip.

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