Blowing my head gasket...
March 5, 2012 12:22 PM Subscribe
My RAV4 is two months out of warranty, and suddenly needs $5k worth of work. What should I do in this scenario?
posted by WinnipegDragon to Travel & Transportation (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Some further details:
I am the first and only owner of this vehicle (3.5L v6), it has 72,000km on it and the extended warranty expired in December.
I took it in to the dealer for a routine oil change/inspection and the tech called me and told me it needs a new head gasket (leaking coolant) and that the rear axle seals are leaking. I am not surprised by the axle seals as this vehicle has had them done twice already and I suspect it will be a chronic issue with the vehicle. The head gasket floored me though.
The tech suggested that the head gasket is 26 hours of labour on it's own 'since it's a V6' and that I was looking at over $4k worth of work plus taxes.
I am taking this to an independent mechanic that a friend recommended tomorrow to confirm these findings and get an alternative quote, but I as suspicious about the timing with the recent expiry of the warranty, coupled with some flyers I've received in the last six months from the dealership about wanting me to trade in my RAV. I've opened a customer care case with Toyota through the dealership in order to try and get them to cover this under the extended warranty given the low mileage as well.
If they confirm that the head gasket is shot and warranty is refused, is it worth it to invest this much in this vehicle? Black book value is about $13k-$15k on trade in, retail seems to be $20k to $23k in the city right now.
Is there anything else I should do? This is not a financial hit that will be easy to absorb at the moment.