Intake manifold gasket replaced - what other items should be checked/replaced? on 2000 Chevrolet Express 1500

2000 - chevy 1500 express van 8cyl - what items should be checked/replaced when replacing the gaskets on the intake manifold for this vehicle. and how much extra should it cost and how many hours labor would be reasonable to charge for a entire job like this? I was charged $1500 total, with parts and 12hrs labor @ $65/hr and I want to make sure I wasn't ripped off? Thanks

by in Ashland, KY on November 11, 2012
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ANSWER by on November 11, 2012
How many miles on van? Any fuel injector work done before?
COMMENT by on November 12, 2012
105,000 - yes we have had work on fuel injector about 1.5 yrs ago
COMMENT by on November 12, 2012
Then gaskets should be all you need if fuel spider assem.has been replaced.Not a bad price pretty big job on a van.
COMMENT by on November 17, 2012
12 hrs labor seems excessive as far as I can tell from some local research? He also seemed to charge double the retain price on most parts that he installed??!! Is that normal? I'm okay with a mechanic making a far price, but I know they get a good discount on parts.... He also increased the estimated price by $300.00 without letting me know until I picked it up! They should have called me when they realized the price was increasing! He also replaced items without my permission! Gave verbal warranty, but nothing in writing...
COMMENT by on November 17, 2012
Yes i agree they should have called before adding that much to the price. I am just saying the total price in todays market aint that bad. It takes a good while to do don't know about 12 hrs. though. Do you know this guy, i mean will he stand behind his work?