Hey everyone. So my 91 8v has about 310k miles on it right now, purchased from the original owner around 290k a year and a half ago. I dont know if head work was done at some point, but the block seems to be original and in good shape. I just did a compression test and im running 200-80-200-85 across the board with leaky valves.
I have yet to do a seafoaming to see if its just some carbon build up, but my question to you all is if it is indeed in need of a valve job or head work is it worth it to send the original head to a machine shop and have the work done (quoted around $900 for it all taken apart and reinstalled at a shop) or should i just look at doing a motor swap? Get a head from the junk yard? Just curious as to everyones opinion on it.
Most people i know think im crazy for considering shelling out that kind of cash for work on the car but its in great shape aside from the poor compression. My other options are to find another car for around $1500-2k and rebuild the 8v' myself, which i would like to do i just need to find something worth buying and that will be reliable for at least a couple months. Once the gti is back up and running it will be my reliable daily setup for better mpg, and i will turn my 2nd car into the "go fast project". I would look for another mk2/1 as a second car.
Any advice is appreciated, cheers