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2002 VW Jetta - bent valves

While on the highway my jetta made a weird whine and just stopped running. After coasting to a stop, I tried to restart to no avail. I had it towed to my mechanic and he said the water pump failed and broke the timing belt. I bought the car new, off the lot and it has 56k babied miles. After cursing VW under my breath, I told him to fix it.

The next day he calls and says two cylinders don't have compression and the valves are probably bent. His recommendation is to replace the head. Total estimate - $5,500 - $6,000.

That seems crazy high but what do I know. Hence my post. Any suggestions for a cheaper alternative or is this the correct route and average price?


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