Repair cost to remove and replace engine heads for a 2000 Ford V-10 engine on 2000 Ford F-350 Super Duty

I have encountered a problem with white smoke emitting from the exhaust in my 2000 F550 chassis v-10 engine motorhome. Head was actually leaking antifreeze through the casting and into the exhaust. To replace both heads with parts and labor I paid $7560.49. This seems crazy expensive to me. Their shop rate is $112.00 an hour and quoted 34 hours to perform, parts totaled $3,050. I couldn't find anything to dispute this price until now. Hope you can help.

by in Lancaster, CA on February 22, 2011
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ANSWER by on February 23, 2011
You mention a very significant loophole in the world of repair time quoting -- there are no "time standards" for motorhomes like yours since they are not all created equal! So, you are left to resorting to actual time as quoted by a shop. That amount of time in one respect seems would question if the shop you utilized was equipped appropriately to perform the job. Problem is - there is no point of reference to this. You don't have anything to stand on. And, worse yet -- it's too late! Now that the job is done, you really have no good recourse... The second problem I suggest -- a better option may have been to replace the engine with a complete Ford unit. I guarantee you that you could cost that out about the same (or less????), and have a 3 year / 100,000 mile warranty to boot. I'm really sorry you've had this experience; it sounds like your instincts were correct. For that kind of money on the table, there are so many different things you could do.

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