1996 vw jetta

Asked by Jan 13, 2008 at 12:39 AM about the 1996 Volkswagen Jetta

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a change to purchase a 96 jetta with only 65,000 miles.  It does have a transmission leak and needs a new valve cover at the intake.  Are these two repairs going to be over 500.00.

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well that depends on were the tranny is leaking, If it is just the gasket, that is minor (about 150 to have a garage do it for you or you can buy a gasket and filter kit for about 45 and some fluid) the valve cover is an easy job, I normally charge about 100 to do it, but you can but a gasket for about 25. Hope this helps. What is the price they are asking for the jetta?

yes i would agree but like casper said if pan gasket and valve cover gasket easy job,

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I would get estimates from two different shops. Sometimes there are different estimates due to labor charges. Be advised that if it needs this type of repairs @ 65k miles I would be cautious as to other problems as well as scheduled maintenance like water pump, timing belt, etc. Please check as these can run into $1,000 plus . Have the car inspected. And consider an alternative brand. My 2001Audi TT repairs have been substantial. Only 70k. Best of luck.

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If it is a 2.0 jetta with a manual trans, that is really a simple repair. What I would do honestly is just go to a junkyard and get another trans. That would be about 50-100 bucks. If it is a 2.0, you can use a trans from any 2.0 VW or you can use one out of a later MK2 16v. They're really not hard to do, I did mine in my driveway laying on my back in about 4 hours.

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