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Old 08-19-2013, 12:21 AM   #1
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Hi guys. I'm looking for some advice. I recently took my 06 Malibu in to the chevy dealership and it was diagnosed with a lower intake gasket leak. They quoted me $695 for the repair. Car runs perfectly fine tho. The leak is visible on the outside. I'm just wondering if this is a reasonable price and if the upper also needs to be replaced?
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Any advice or knowledge about this is appreciated.
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Which engine?
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It'* the 3.5 liter.
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sounds reasonable for someone to do. but its mostly labor, i would imagine you could get a kit and do it yourself under a hundred, rockauto has reasonable prices and alot of engines have felpro updated designs if there was a problem.
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Justin is correct, you are mostly paying for labor, you can get the lower intake manifold gasket for 66.79 from RockAuto.
FEL-PRO Part # MS98013T , that comes with all the gaskets you should need, the only thing I do not see in the kit is the injector o-rings.

The Fel-PRO kit recommends replacing the bolts, if you can clean the threads well, then you could reuse them, but for 15.34 Rockauto has them.
FEL-PRO Part # ES72226

I wish I could be of more help, bit I am mainly familiar with the 3800 II 3.8L, not the 3.5L.
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Ok thanks for the advice guys! I don't think I have the time or ability to do this myself...
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I'd recommend doing the upper intake, as well, so you won't have to do it later on down the road...how many miles are on your Malibu?
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My bu' has 141000 miles on it.
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I'd recommend doing the upper intake, as well, so you won't have to do it later on down the road...how many miles are on your Malibu?
Are you sure he has a nylon upper intake?
I searched RockAuto and can only find the gasket, so I searched Nalley Buick Parts, and I found a pic of the plenum, it looks aluminum to me, attaching a pic of it.
He'll have to have the upper intake removed to get to the lower, and the LIM Kit comes with the plenum gasket, so I think he'll be ok as long as they put the new plenum gasket on.
Unless I am wrong, and his is in fact nylon/plastic.
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