I just replaced mine about a month ago with the Dorman. It has the expansion tubes on each side to prevent cracking in the future. Perfect fit and easy installation. And it's stainless steel. I would recommend getting a FelPro gasket rather then using the one that comes with it though.
$500.00?! Mine came to $140.00 at Advance Auto with the online coupons.
yea, I could understand $500 if Labor was included, because they are a little bit of a butt to get to/replace. But If you are planning on doing it yourself, anything "non-preformance" and spending over $150 is waaay too much.
1996 ZJ 4.0 Laredo... you know, the one with the ripped leather seats
Well my local shop had the part which costs $500 from his dealer. Labor is about $350 so it would have cost about $900 - $1000 to get it replaced. I can buy the part and bring it to the shop and just pay the $350 labor.
I'm not too good with working on cars. More of a computer guy haha.
Here's a tip for you that will save you some headaches and money, later. While your mechanic is replacing the manifold, get him to replace the freeze plugs on the side of the block, if they're the original ones. They cost about a buck or two apiece and there are 5 of them, as I recall.
It's almost impossible to replace them without the exhaust manifold removed on the 4.0....so since it's off already......spend the $5.
I put a Dorman on mine, and the fit and operation are great. I've noticed a lot of complaints about other manufacturers and their fits, but the Dormans seem to be good.
Regarding the gasket that comes with the Dorman, as others have noted, I agree that it is lower quality and a Fel-Pro would be a better option ... but I installed it anyway and haven't had problems with it ... yet.
Back when I worked at a parts store the shops we sold to would mark parts up 100%. That $350 in labor sounds high for a job I can do in a couple hours. I would have guessed that book time on it was around four hours. What's the shop's labor rate?
Just remember...."cheap" labor is not always a bargain in the long run.....but neither is very expensive labor a guarantee of the job being done right. This is a pretty simple procedure, overall, if you're handy with some basic mechanic skills and tools. One just has to take one's time and not snap off any bolts, nor become frustrated. That said, I wouldn't do it for less than $350, and maybe not even for that because I am above all, a capitalist... Get a buddy who knows what he's doing, give him a case of beer and spend the rest on some tools to be able to do this job yourself. It's mentally relaxing. Until a bolt snaps off....