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This sounds like a Beetle! If it is, it will be worth repairing as they are now collectables! Wish I still had the littel one I owned years ago - she had over 100,000 miles on the clock, but still ran like a dream.

That said, you have my sympathy as it really sucks when the dirt hits the fan like this just as it all starts to come together. Sometimes though, you just have to bite hard on the bullet and plough through the pain barrier to get to the good stuff. You have my sympathy at least.

Declared by The Gray Monk at December 22, 2005 10:11 AM

I don't know much about cars, but I did used to have a VW Jetta and it SUCKED trying to find appropriate parts for it, never mind trying to find a decent mechanic who knew how to fix it.

Declared by cousineddie at December 22, 2005 01:25 PM

Well......

I really have my doubts about all the parts they want to replace. Why do you need new fuel lines? If they are leaking - yep, replace them for sure, but if they are leaking now your car wouldn't be running very well or it would be toast. I guess I'm not getting the oil cooler seal thing - most oil coolers are completely self contained units or built into the radiator, and are plumbed with rubber lines. Dunno about any seals. Is it leaking enough that you have to add oil?

Motor mounts - cheap parts but high labor on a front wheel drive car. I don't understand why they want to replace the control arms when they can be rebushed rather cheaply. If the control arm is damaged so bushing replacement isn't possible, you should really be noticing a bunch of noise from your front end and you should be scrubbing tread from your front tires big time. Generally you don't replace a whole tie rod, just the ball end that screws into the rest of the arm - not very expensive. Plus - replacing the upper strut mounts? What, have they broken out? Why not replace the entire strut? That is usually what you have to do with a FWD car - why just the mount? If all these parts are bad enough for immediate replacement, you probably shouldn't have any front tread left.

One thing about using book rates for labor that irks me - half the labor involved here is for taking out some parts that are being replaced anyway, so it's like they are taking several parts (including some they want to replace) out to get to the one part, then put it all back together, then pull the parts for the next part replacement, etc.

Granted, what I know about VWs is pretty limited, but I've sure worked on the various imports and domestics I've owned over the years. FWD cars seem to require a lot more front end work - because there is a lot going on there - steering and power. The front of a RWD car just has steering stresses. How are your constant velocity joints holding up? Are the boots in good shape? That is one area of a fwd car that usually goes south first.

I'd really get a second opinion somewhere if ya can. They might be on the up and up, considering I'm not an expert on German cars, but they aren't THAT much different than the Fords, GMs, Toyotas and Nissans I've owned. For sure, make them show you specifically what is wrong with each part while it is on the car.

You've got my email addy - if you want, let me know the details of your car - model and year, etc, and I'll try to find out what is what. My mother and sis have been ripped off before just because they weren't mechanically aware women, so I'm kinda predisposed to think that you are getting screwed, too.

Declared by Jeffro at December 24, 2005 01:20 AM

Um... Merry Christmas! :D

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