i did it and i didnt find it to be a PITA. here is a walk thru on my project last winter http://tinyurl.com/85mh7z3Pain in the ass. It is all just getting to the bolts that makes it hard. Its best to pull the intake. Then pull the exhaust manifold and leave it attached to the turbo and leave it in the car. Check over the exhaust manifold after the head is off. Make sure there are no cracks. I've seen a couple cracked. Not very common though. And replace seals, timingbelt and tensioner along with the H2O pump. Find a cylinder head kit and make sure all your gaskets are in there. And when you clean up the head and block deck, don't use power tools. Take the head to a machine shop to make sure its flat.