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I have a Toyota Avensis which has the intake manifold rattle problem. I asked the dealer for a price on the new part and he quoted me €400. From a breakers yard they are hard to get and the going rate seems to be around €100, which is not in my budget at the moment.

So I found this article and even though it's a bit unorthodox; it seems to have worked for many people and I would like to give it a go. My only question is about the gasket, and whether I'd really need to replace it or not. I have seen pictures of people taking off intake manifolds and the gaskets rarely seem to be damaged. I am on a very tight budget so I'd like to avoid buying the gasket if at all possible, but still I know the gasket is relatively cheap so I don't want to be unwise. What is the norm? Do mechanics routinely not replace intake manifolds or is it a case that you would replace it even if it looked OK?

The car is 2002 and has about 150,000 miles on the clock.

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