Do we need all this work? And is this a good quote?
March 5, 2013 5:10 AM Subscribe
My SO and I have a 1999 Lexus ES 300 with low miles (ca. 80K). We use it mostly on the weekend for errands. The car is in more or less good driving condition, but parking on the streets and Boston winters are taking their toll cosmetically. Dealership recommended $5100 in repairs on its recent checkup--nearly the value of the car--and we're wondering which repairs are worthwhile, which are overpriced and should be done elsewhere, and which can be skipped.
posted by Calamity Jen to Travel & Transportation (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We want the car to last a few more years--at least until we move to a place with a driveway or garage--but sinking $5100 in repairs on a car Kelley Blue Book says might be worth $6200 doesn't make sense.
Here's what the dealer proposed:
Automatic Transmission Fluid Change: $372.30
Power Steering Flush: $193.90
A/C Belt: $137.61
Power Steering Belt: $83.46
Timing Belt Replacement (with w/p along with cam and crank seals) $1307.00
Spark Plugs (6 cyl): $415.08
Valve Cover Gasket Replacement: $799.04*
PCV Valve Replacement: $46.78
Sway Brushings (rear): $338.36*
Brakes (Front pads/rotors): $651.54*
Trans Pan Gasket: $445.10
The ones noted with an asterisk are the ones the shop strongly recommended.
Obviously, safety is a prime concern, so we'd surely do the brakes (though is that a good price for front brakes?). But if all that work really needs to be done, and that's a good price, we would probably think about trading in the car for something else.
Neither of us have any experience with this--thanks for your help!