Originally Posted by Stinger357
I found a mobile mechanic that put in my Head unit dvd player and he say he would charge me half of what that mechanic quoted me. He said for me to just buy the parts and he would come to me and fix the issues. So I need to know a priority of which I need to fix first.
Now as this may sound too good to be true be careful, make sure he knows what he'* doing dont let him half *** his work.
An Alignment should be $40-50 at majority of shops especially our cars. a computer must do it. so keep looking for a better priced shop. take your quote and show other mechanics see if they will agree they need to be fixed and see by how much they'll beat it. get a quote take it to the next shop., get estimates... different shops will be better on different things, and obviously different vehicles. there'* a reason why people shop around. labor varies from shop to shop.
-the best piece of advice i could give if is go get a service manual, like Haynes or Chilton'*.
-then if you don't already have tools go to sears pick up a 300pc. set so you have the tools to do 75% of anything that will ever have to be done.
even if you've never worked on a car before its time to learn. dont be afraid to jump into something and tackle it, follow the step by step and ask us questions.
-Replace drive belt $120 - Obivious to keep up on maintance but seriously a belt cost $30, 30 minutes to put it on.
-Passenger outer tie rod end $120 - Seems Reasonable they can be a PITA
-Front end alignment $79 - $50 MAX
-Drivers side blend door actuator $330 - If i recall correctly you can visibly see this actuator from looking up at the center console from the driverside floor, I cant see it costing more then $150
-Right front strut mount $286 - How bad is it? why so much to change? I bet a strut mount is under $50 bucks
-Reseal intake manifold $650 - Shop around...
-Reseal power steering pump $340? - how bad is the leak? is it something that a bottle of steering fluid with stop leak could fix?
-Tune-up $300 - Whats all being done? sure seems like a lot considering they are trying to get you for $150 on a fuel treatment that im sure a $15 bottle of seafoam couldnt fix...
Fuel system treatment $149? seafoam it
Replace drivers side axle $320? - based on what? why does it need to be changed?
there are somethings that just arnt worth replacing too, its a used car. just my opinion.