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Job Costs?


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30 Sep 2004
On some great advice from a really patient guy, whose initials are AC (you may know hime :), I have come to the realisation that instead of looking for the 'perfect' car I need to look for a 'decent' car and build in the costs of major jobs that might need doing in the near future. So, my question is what, on average, have people paid for:

1. Top-end engine job2. Clutch replacement3. Gearbox4. Paint touchups(?)

And any other work that you reckon would be common enough on an '87/8/9 car?

Just want to get some idea of what budget I would need.

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Cheers Sundeep. You scared the hell out of me with that 5k for engine rebuild. Wow!

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I'd say more like £3k for a top end rebuild job on a 3.2, at a porsche specialist.

Agree with Sundeep on the others. Note its cheaper to do the clutch at the same time as a top end rebuild, a lot of the costs are labour in taking the engine out.


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I was quoted 2.5k + VAT from the OPC at Chiswick for a top end overhaul for my 964. eventually paid closer to 8k, elsewhere, but had a lot more work done - when the engine is out and in bits it's more economical in the long run.

Not sure about the other bits but I've been quoted 1.5-2k to respray the front from bumper to windscreen to get rid of stone chips.

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Having been there and done that ......

1. c.£3K plus VAT for 'stock', more if you want some 'extras' (cams etc)

2. c. £700 (clutch kit c.£300 then labour for engine drop and fitting - less if done at some time as top end rebuild)

3. Shouldn't need it - changing the oil can make a big improvement (try Swepco 201)

4. £500 - £1K for a front end blow over. Probably less for a Chipsaway type touch up service.

Don't forget a decent set of new tyres will set you back c. £500 and discs and pads all round c. £400 fitted (it's the bits like that that really add up !!)


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Lads, that info is brilliant. Exactly what I needed. Thanks.

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