Repair Prices Fair? Or should I move?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Louis, Aug 2, 2004.

  1. Louis

    Louis Guest

    I live in the Bronx, New York.
    I called my local Saturn dealer-service and asked how much for a tune-up
    and alternator change.
    I was told complete tune-up with parts would run $350 and as for the
    alternator- just the labor would run $300 (their computer was down
    so they could not tell me how much was the alternator's price).
    Are these the average prices you'd expect from a dealer?
    If emailing me directly please remove all the "q" from my email.
    1997 SL1
    Louis, Aug 2, 2004
  2. Louis

    Bob Shuman Guest


    They must be quoting more than a simple tune up. What parts are they
    changing for that price? Although the price is high, without knowing what
    all was included (plugs, wires, air filter, PCV, fuel filter, throttle body
    cleaning?) it's hard to say exactly how much higher.

    I did all of the above as well as the transmission filter & fluid and the
    front and rear brakes on my son's 1996 SL1 for less than they are asking for
    the tune up alone!

    Learn to do the tune up yourself. Replacing the plugs and wires requires
    very few tools and about 10-15 minutes time. It really does not get easier
    than the 1.9L Saturn engine. As to the alternator, the labor is much too
    high. If you can't do it yourself, find an independent mechanic that has
    done a lot of work on Saturns and knows what they are doing. Others here in
    the group who have had this done can give you a range on what they paid.

    Bob Shuman, Aug 2, 2004
  3. Louis

    Ritz Guest

    That's WAY too expensive. Send me email. I'm in Westchester and can
    suggest a cheaper alternative.

    Ritz, Aug 2, 2004
  4. Louis

    Blah Blah Guest

    Its New york... Both New York and California have a higher cost of
    living usually along with higher wages.
    Blah Blah, Aug 2, 2004
  5. I have an older saturn (96) and yes, for a complete tune up...I think it
    was at the 30,000 mile mark and it was $300.00. I thought that was a rip
    off at the time as well until we got our new Chevy.
    saturnsl1year96, Sep 23, 2004
  6. Louis

    Elector Guest

    Well lets see:

    Plugs (Bosch Platinum) $5
    Plug Wires NAPA Lifetime $42
    Air Cleaner $11
    PCV Valve $4.50
    serpentine Belt NAPA Lifetime $11
    5 Quarts of Oil Mobile at NAPA $ 5
    NAPA Gold Oil Filter $8

    Total $86 plus 8% Tax $92.90

    Took me around 1 hour in my back yard to do the whole job.

    I have no idea what the dealer prices are for the same items but they
    have a hug mark up. You could have done the job yourself and saved.

    Elector, Sep 23, 2004
  7. Louis

    Blah Blah Guest

    $5 a pair.
    At 30K miles you wont need "Spark Plugs". IIRC Saturn puts double
    platinums in from the factory (at least now they do). You can get a good
    80K out of those. (Replacing them with P.O.S. Bosch plugs would be a
    mistake! AC Delco or Autolite "platinums" are the only way to go.) Spark
    plug wires could even still be good at 30k. If replacing the wires you
    would need to invest in a "Digital Volt Ohm Meter" to check the wires
    resistance. About 90% of the time I get a set there is at least one bad
    wire which would ruin the ignition system if it were used... I go
    usually go 40k on wires and 80k on platinum plugs. (unless its a coil on
    plug or coil over plug design.)
    At 30k miles one would be well due for a new Fuel Filter as well.
    Serpentine belts vary, I dont know what the life span is for them on a
    96 Saturn (150k miles on GM cars now I think). It shouldn't be replaced
    just because the tech says it has "some cracks". It takes so many cracks
    per inch to be ruled bad. If it has chunks out of it on the notched side
    or is showing nylon on the back side then yeah its due. If the car has
    conventional coolant in the system it would be due for a change every
    30k miles.

    The going rate at decent shops seem to be around a dollar a minute.
    Some dealerships get nuts and the rates seem to total $3 dollars a
    minute... Who was making a FAQ's again? We should have a step by step
    page on tune ups for this group or at least some sort of price guide so
    people dont get burnt.
    Blah Blah, Sep 23, 2004
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