Hi everyone, I was really hoping someone could give me a good estimate on some labor time. I recently replaced the entire engine on my car. My brand new BentleyPublishers Repair Manual came in handy. I was going to see if anyone can estimate what kind of book time the dealership would bill out for this kind of work.
The story goes a little something like this: My GTI went POP in a parking lot and made some really weird noises. I decided to tow it home, and check out what happened. Pulled the valve cover off, checked everything up there, and didn't see anything really obviously wrong. We tried to pinpoint the problem, but couldn't seem to figure out where it was coming from. So I took it to my girlfriends Uncle's shop. While there he guided me on pulling everything apart. I pulled the heads, and saw that they had some serious scoring going on. I pulled the high pressure fuel pump out and saw that the cam follower had shattered into pieces and left a rather large groove in the cam. I knew i would need a new high pressure fuel pump (the front end of it that springs the cam follower had also snapped off). I also knew for sure i would be replacing at least one cam if not more. We thought we would pull the oil pan and see if all the metal had made it through to the bottom of the engine, or if more pieces were stuck in the short block or elsewhere. Upon pulling my oil pan, we noticed the oil pump had been broken badly. An entire cog was snapped and the chain was the only thing holding it in its place. From there we continued to check the other oil cooled pieces of the engine. The turbo was blown as well due to little shards of metal going throughout the engine. We knew I had 2 options, pull the entire engine, machine it and rebuild the whole thing, or buy a used engine and throw that in the car. My current engine had 95,000 miles on it. The engine we ended up replacing it with is 40,000 miles. So that's kind of awesome. So I got the motor in. It took 3 days, a lot of cursing, and a little love for my poor car who was undergoing major surgery. I replaced all my fluids and all that and everything was great. If I had gone to the dealer, how much time would they have billed me for all of that?