who did it for you and what was the cost pls?Certainly in the UK independents can do the full repair. I've had it done.
Personally I'd not go for a replacement. Not even sure if the parts are available. I had a quick look and all I could find was the complete head. If I was buying another car in the range that is prone to this fault, I'd want a full document of the repair, and / or be negotiating the price to include one. The failure does not seem to be particularly milage related (mine didn't fail until they were about 80k miles)
And I've probably just increased the screwedup factor of the thread. Sorry, Jason