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#918065 - 07/03/17 04:46 PM Estimate to repair my 2002 Honda Civic
debodun Offline
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Registered: 06/02/12
Posts: 825
Loc: Upstate New York near Albany
I recently took my car to a local shop. After inspecting it for the problems with which I had a concern, the mechanic presented me with a list of recommended repairs and said he'd contact me with an estimate. Today I received the estimate. I wanted to know if these costs were reasonable:


Replace passenger side rear view mirror assembly, $268 pl tx

Replace right front lower control arm assembly and bushings(bushings worn out) and perform Alignment, $428 pl tx

Replace front sway bar end links,right front worn and loose,$274 pl tx for both, $137 pl tx for one.

Replace rear sway bar end links,right rear worn and loose,$234 pl tx for both,$117 pl tx for one.

Replace rear brake shoes, hardware, and resurface brake drums if brakes are worn out or fall apart when removing

Rear brake drums, $332 pl tx.

If rear brakes do not need replacement, perform rear brake service, $109 pl tx
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#918070 - 07/03/17 05:17 PM Re: Estimate to repair my 2002 Honda Civic [Re: debodun]
FredDwyer Offline
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Registered: 01/19/08
Posts: 2589
Loc: Connecticut, USA
None of that addresses the air conditioning problem. That list totals about $1500 if you had it all done, plus you'll need to fix the air conditioner THEN: IF there is no rust on or under the car, and there are no dents or scrapes, and your mileage is only about 150,000 miles, and your tires are reasonably new, and the interior is very clean and not worn, and the paint is nice and shiny, the car might retail for around $4,000.

You must decide if it's fix the old or shop for new.


Edited by FredDwyer (07/03/17 05:18 PM)
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#918082 - 07/03/17 06:23 PM Re: Estimate to repair my 2002 Honda Civic [Re: FredDwyer]
debodun Offline
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Registered: 06/02/12
Posts: 825
Loc: Upstate New York near Albany
According to the bill I received from them, the air conditioning problem was fixed on my first visit. They charged me a little over $170 to "top off" the coolant and replace the engine and cabin air filters:

PARTS
cabin air filter - $39.74
engine air filter - $19.00
refrigerant - $6.24

LABOR
replace cabin and engine air filters - $19.78
AC system diagnostic - $79.95

total for parts and labor - $164.71
tax - $11.53

balance due - $176.24


The mechanic also said that my SRS light was on because of a fault in the seat belt. He also mentioned that Honda has a lifetime warranty on their seat belts. I have an appointment with Honda next week to get that fixed.
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#918105 - 07/04/17 09:07 AM Re: Estimate to repair my 2002 Honda Civic [Re: debodun]
Bob_Q Offline

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Registered: 06/28/01
Posts: 17677
Loc: Albany area,New York
Deb,what shop did you take the car to?

Don't say Kearneys.
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#918948 - 07/15/17 12:58 PM Re: Estimate to repair my 2002 Honda Civic [Re: debodun]
debodun Offline
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Registered: 06/02/12
Posts: 825
Loc: Upstate New York near Albany
Estimate totals from two garages to do the bushings and sway bars:

local garage - $702.00 + tax
Honda dealership - $713.95 + tax
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#918957 - 07/15/17 02:11 PM Re: Estimate to repair my 2002 Honda Civic [Re: debodun]
Bob_Q Offline

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Registered: 06/28/01
Posts: 17677
Loc: Albany area,New York
Toss-up! Now it's up to you to flip the coin.

I checked out the garage you mentioned,and he does seem to have a good following. You might want to give him a try. Building a good relationship with a local shop can be very beneficial. Plus he's only 5 or 6 miles from you.
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#918959 - 07/15/17 03:01 PM Re: Estimate to repair my 2002 Honda Civic [Re: debodun]
debodun Offline
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Registered: 06/02/12
Posts: 825
Loc: Upstate New York near Albany
The passenger-side mirror assembly is also loose. I tried to tighten the nuts myself, but they are as tight as I can turn them with the tools I have. The local garage we discussed wants $268 to repair it and Honda's estimate was $375. Now that seems like a rip-off when a mirror assembly costs about $60 and a video I watched makes it seem very easy to install.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxmfmhvlh1A

However, a side mirror is not something I can just walk in an auto parts store and buy. I looked at Advance Auto and AutoZone online and they only sell this type of part as "ship-to-address".
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#918965 - 07/15/17 05:20 PM Re: Estimate to repair my 2002 Honda Civic [Re: debodun]
Chas311 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/04
Posts: 1084
Loc: NE Illinois&West Central Minne...
Try www.rockauto.com for that mirror. See if they have the correct fir. No doubt prices will/might be even lower than $60. there.

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#919009 - 07/16/17 03:25 PM Re: Estimate to repair my 2002 Honda Civic [Re: debodun]
debodun Offline
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Registered: 06/02/12
Posts: 825
Loc: Upstate New York near Albany
I can't buy online - no plastic.
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#919013 - 07/16/17 04:06 PM Re: Estimate to repair my 2002 Honda Civic [Re: debodun]
mommapup. Offline
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Registered: 12/19/07
Posts: 21798
Loc: SW Michigan
Originally Posted By debodun
I can't buy online - no plastic.


Go to Advance Auto, see if you can pay for it there for shipping to your house.


PeeEss... get a debit card,(free) or buy a prepaid Visa.
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