02 Passat with the 1.8t. Picked it up as a project car, daughters first car we're working on together. Previous owner did the timing belt but something went wrong and valves hit pistons. I've pulled the head with the intent of rebuilding it.
This won't be a performance build, going for daily driver reliability. I'm not looking to go crazy and spend a ton of money but I am of the mindset that you might as well replace what you can while you've got it out and get a fresh start.
So lets start with what should I replace. I was thinking all the valves, valve seals and might as well do valve guides? FCPEuro sells a cylinder head set, valves, seals and all gaskets for $300. FCPEuro kit link. I am wondering about the quality of those valves though, I don't want to put some Chinese junk in there. Wondering if I'm better off piecing it together myself. FCPEuro has Italian made valves that are $1 more than the "economy" each, some German ones $5 more. The head kit comes with the "economy" valves.
What should I have the shop do? Clean the head, check for problems, resurface it. I'll call and ask for pricing but you think I should just do the valves and seals myself or have them do it? If I do the guides it sounds like that be better for them to do. Anything else I should ask the shop to do or check?