Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2000 19:42:50 GMT
Subject: Re: repair: fair price?

Well, let's see. Sean's new Bosch alternator would cost the dealer $140, but he charges $660, for a difference of $420. Given that installing a new alternator shouldn't take more than an hour, that's quite an exorbitant labor rate. The battery takes 10 minutes to install and they've padded the price $30. The themostat, too, takes 30mins, tops, to replace. Looks like they soaked you. Saabster 85 900 8v In article <>, dsjkallennopsamcom (DSJKALLEN) wrote: > Sean, > > Seems high to me, but all car repair prices, regardless of make, are very high > these days. You can buy a Bosch alternator for around $140, but then, of > course, you have to install it. A very good battery can be purchased for $80 > or less, and installation is easy. And, the thermostat, a typical Saab > two-stage unit, will run around $25 for parts. > > I've owned Saabs since 1972, and find their parts prices these days totally out > of line. For example, my venerable '85 900 needed a catalytic converter a year > or so ago. The Saab replacement was $1,500! I bought a "drop in replacement" > Walker converter (exactly the same specs and dimensions) from a local > independent auto parts retailer for $85.00. And, my Saab dealer installed it!! > > So, it's the same thing with everything else these days -- whatever the price > will bear. But, a little knowledge, especially from the numerous Saab websites > here on the internet, goes a very long way to making Saab ownership cheaper. > > Take care. > > Don Allen > Urbana, IL > Sent via Before you buy.

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