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    Default 2001 SRi 140 V6 engine oil leak

    Have just bought an April 2001 Vectra V6 - 71k miles - cam belt changed at 31k and 60k - superb car BUT.

    After it's first 60 mile run there was smoke from the engine bay. This has been traced to leaks front and rear from the rocker gaskets. Have been quoted circa £1500 to rectify as garage want to do head gaskets as well plus it will mean another cam belt change.

    Has anyone else had this major problem?
    Does it sound right to do head gaskets as well? With so much technology on top of the engine most of the cost i guess is taking this off and replacing.

    Will be getting a second garage opinion.

    Any comments?

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    Engine : 3.2 V6

    Year : 04

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    From what I can remember they are a bit complicated. It might need a lot of the top end removed to get to the gaskets that are leaking. Their opinion might be to do the head gasket whilst the engine is in bits. It might not be needed to go to that extent though. I suppose it would be a good idea to get a second opioion. It is a lot of work to strip the top end down though.

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    If its only the rocker cover gaskets leaking and you are positive its only the rocker cover gaskets, just change the gaskets, they're a tenner each tops and you could do both in an hour easy, the back one might be a bit fiddly to get to some of the bolts but persevere with it and you'll get there. £1500 quid indeed, what a load of arse gravy that to do the rocker covers you have to do the head gaskets.

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