Oh my god! THey want 3K to fix it? Either you live in an area that has labor rates around 400 per hour or they are ripping you off. You have about 500.00 in parts and maybe 8 hours labor.
I had a feeling it was a head gasket. I do recommend you get another estimate. THat is crazy! Please keep in mind, they have to remove the timing belt to take the head off. THe waterpump is right there so the only labor is to unbolt and rebolt a new one. I looked it up and it calls for 7.5 hours. Add another hour for the water pump, and to recharge the AC. The 500 in parts is a close estimate.
Again, I strongly recommend getting another estimate. I wouldn't spend more than 1200 to 1500 max.
Let me know if you have other questions.
Friday, January 22nd, 2010 AT 9:30 PM