I have a 2000 Malibu, ~165,000km, and have been just told it will cost $900 (Canadian dollars) for parts and labour to repair (another mechanic told me $3000; $1200 of it labour). I was just wondering if it is worth the repair, can I expect future issues with the repaired gasket, or other parts of the car, or is it time for a new car?
Intake Manifold Gasket Repair on 2000 Chevrolet Malibu
This is a fairly common repair for your Malibu. If your engine oil is a milky color from coolant mixing with the oil then you may have future issues. This does not commonly happen but please make sure it has not before you decide to have the repair does. If there are no signs of coolant in the oil I would see no reason not to go ahead with the repair if the car is in good shape otherwise. You have quite a range of estimates. Choose your repair shop wisely, if you don't have a regular repair shop ask your friends for advice. Please check the repair estimates a www.repairpal.com for information on the cost in U.S. dollars for an intake gasket replacement on your car.
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I did my own a few months back, and they have a new revised gasket that is supposed to last longer. the oem gasket is hard plastic. you can do it yourself if you have any mechanical ability!go to any auto parts store and buy a haynes manual, they are based on a complete teardown of your vehicle. the book will tell how to replace gaskets.