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Hey, new here and I have a question.
my daughter blew the head gasket on her 98 528i, (bigger job than I have the time or talent to complete) so I take it to a mechanic, he tells me it is the head gasket and replaces the head gasket, at the same time he replaces the cooling system (radiator, water pump, thermostat and housing, hoses and belts) $2,800...feel my pain. We get the car back and the next day it over heats and starts thowing a engine code that says cyl 3 misfiring...I have it flatbedded to his shop, 3/4 gallon low on "water"...we fill it and he tries to get it to over heat it won't...duh, he drives it for 13 miles around town and still won't over heat. I get in it and drive it for about 50 miles and it over heats...let it cool down and it is 1/2 gallon low on "water" and still missing on cyl 3. he now is saying that the head must be cracked he wants to take it off and have it pressure tested and it is going to cost me $800 for a replacment head if it is craked but he will do the labor free. He said he put a straight edge to the head when he had it off and it was fine...
1) shouldn't he have had the head machined when he had it off
2) I am now almost $3,000 into this on my credit card...$4000 total for this repair seems a bit much
I guess my question is do I tell him to take a hike and take the car somewhere else, or does a cracked head sound resonable and not finding it when the head was off understandable?
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