Date registered: Oct 2003
Vehicle: 500SE AMG, E350 4matic, GL 450
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If you have another car and you want to do it yourself:
1. Go on the w126 forum and get instructions for changing the head gasket. You might get lucky and pick up a copy of the w126 service manual, but they are hard to come by.
2. Remove head. Inspect cylinders if they are okay,send head out for reconditioning. If not, part out car.
3. Get new head gasket set and consider what else needs to be done "while you are in there".
4. Reinstall everything.
I would guess that that the total cost (assuming you have most of the tools) would about $1000 or less.
When I changed the head gasket on a w126, I needed to buy the head bolt tool. It was $30 or so I think. I also ended up getting a higher torque impact gun. Other than that, the regular tools-socket sets, pliers etc was all I needed.
Good luck. I hope it works out well. If you need the number of the place that did the machine work for me, pm me. He came with recommendations from other members of this forum.
Last edited by Michael Pillay; 04-15-2009 at 05:19 AM.