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ApacheGirl

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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 10:52:36 PM

When your car is no longer under warranty do you use a dealer for repairs or go to a mechanic? I just got a dealership estimate for oil leak repairs which they say will take 4.5 hours and cost 380 for labor plus parts to the tune of 465.00 Is this reasonable?
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contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2013 1:02:02 PM

Dealer with both vehicles.....
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fkkf92
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2013 11:01:26 AM

Dealer
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geno700
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2013 10:16:39 AM

mechanic no doubt
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WEDDY
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2013 9:54:40 AM

Mechanic
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dgsteven
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2013 9:41:15 AM

Mechanic
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Norm1947
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2013 12:40:24 AM

A friend who is a mechanic.
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Jmac2008
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2013 11:46:37 PM

I fix my own cars.
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bearscharger
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2013 11:34:59 PM

me, its also my job to work on cars
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OilOnTheCheap
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2013 12:13:43 PM

Me then the Mechanic
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contiki
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2013 12:01:05 PM

Dealer for both vehicles........
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diesel8888
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2013 11:59:17 AM

Me first, then my mechanic, and then dealer.
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Snowchoux
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 12:31:52 PM

shade tree mechanic
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contiki
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 9:44:27 AM

Dealer with both vehicles............
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 9:43:33 AM

Depends on the repair.
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dakine
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 9:35:30 AM

Mechanic
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glambgirl
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 3:20:23 AM

I don't use the dealership once the warranty is up. I have reliable mechanics for both vehicles. They've serviced the vehicles for many years and I trust them.
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LKnight598
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 7:53:56 PM

I use a good mechanic.
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BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 6:31:03 PM

A reliable independent mechanic is worth gold
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Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 11:55:45 AM

Hello GBs. Since this article was posted in September, I've been in touch wih ApacheGirl. Her vehicle did make it to Florida where she had a trusted mechanic. The problem was found to be defective front and rear engine seals. She was very pleased with a private garage and their pricing. That is good news :-).

A bit off topic, but relevant, is a Topic I created on this Forum regarding oil changes and compliance with the vehicle manufacturer and their Owner's Manuals. It seems that many dealerships put the wrong oil in a vehicle or even do the job incorrectly. I was quite surprised at that, especially the Ford dealer who didn't know the Crown Vic had two oil drain plugs and overfilled the engine oil. It is all about caring about the quality of your work and the satisfaction of the customer.
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sagnat
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 11:10:11 AM

Try to avoid the stealership at all costs
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PatAZ
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 10:58:35 AM

I have an excellent shop to go to and never use the stealer.
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noblegiant
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 8:26:25 AM

Whosever Qualified And Has The Best Price!!!
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contiki
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 7:57:40 AM

Dealer..........
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wrmedic
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:49:06 PM

I do all my own work myself
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streetcars
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:04:12 PM

If I cant do it myself I use 2 independent shops.
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Trowinsamoan
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:25:55 PM

Depends
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psm80134
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 11:49:36 AM

I have an ASE-Certified, AAA-rated mechanic I go to. His shop is close enough that I could drop my car off and walk home if I needed to (the dealership is a 15 minute drive away from me), and his hourly labor rate is a fraction of what the dealership charges. Plus, he gives discounts to AAA-members.
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philipph
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 11:13:50 AM

dealer, nobody know your car better than them
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geobmw
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:45:55 AM

both
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fkkf92
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:22:52 AM

Dealer
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contiki
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 8:32:35 AM

Dealer with both vehicles......
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eccerr0r
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 2:44:45 PM

Me, the DIY'er. So I suppose it's mechanic?

Then again I still end up going to the dealer for parts ...
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 11:44:17 AM

The few times I've gone to a dealer, I've been thoroughly ripped off.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 8:49:43 AM

dealer......
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 8:36:57 AM

Both, actually.
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CactusRoper
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:56:51 AM

Mechanic
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RacerGene
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:32:00 AM

mechanic
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Carusle
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2012 8:23:33 PM

Price and quality of work.
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2amy
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2012 8:19:30 PM

Most of the time i use the dealer. Pep boys down the street charges more for labor than the dealer does.
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ariona14
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2012 7:11:18 PM

The dealership is a ripoff and they take forever to do simple repairs i prefer my local mechanic
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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2012 11:11:49 AM

Mechanic, when I can find a good one that I trust.

One thing I've noticed re: dealers and some bigger shops is that they will make a list of every possible thing that could possibly be fixed. Some of those things might be nice to fix, but not critical. Some should be done when you can, but there's no hurry. Ask them how urgent the repairs are and to prioritize them if you can't get them all done at one time.

I like having a relationship with a mechanic, so that they know my car and that I will be bringing it to them when it needs something. Then I can ask them about a noise or something that doesn't seem right, and if they are among the good guys, they'll be honest and tell you if it's something to worry about or not.

Along those lines, I've gone to my mechanic for routine oil changes, even though there are places that have coupons to get them done cheaper. I feel it's part of building that relationship and trust. Plus they know my car and can tell me if they spot something I hadn't known to ask about.
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Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 8:37:56 PM

Hello ApacheGirl. In reply to your thank you, I can only say you're very welcome. I do hope I helped you a bit.

You said, "Hopefully I can post the problem as corrected sometime in november". I also wish you the best in this endeavor and I do understand your loyalty to your first new car. Enjoy Florida and your repaired Ford. God Speed :-) .

By the way, your "Dealership or Mechanic?" link doesn't work. It goes to a Google page asking if you mean Titanic. I viewed your link and it is http://titanic/. I don't think that is where you wanted to link to.

Signing off - MGY (RMS Titanic's Radio Call Sign)
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TKG35
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 8:29:23 PM

I do it myself
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ApacheGirl
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 7:26:11 PM

Dealership or Mechanic?
Thanks for the answers titanic, I do expect to be in fl. for about 5 mos. so feel safe in letting the mechanic there do the work. If I do indeed have to pay the price previously quoted, my guess is it's best to do so. It will be much less than a new car and I really do like this one. It is the only one I have ever bought new and has had very few problems. I hope this isn't the start but just a gilch. Hopefully I can post the problem as corrected sometime in november.
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DOLFINNS
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 4:53:32 PM

I've used both in the past, but I tend to use dealer more ...
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watch4you
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 3:53:20 PM

both
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 1:27:43 PM

If I can't fix it I do have a choice mechanic,yes he charges but is fair,explains why any expence > labor/parts/personal choices, then the long term outlook.... He likes his work..
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vinesplantation
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 12:57:55 PM

Self,Worked for Volvo 18+ years.
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kellyoneal
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:41:58 AM

mechanic
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pacecar68
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:34:27 AM

independent mechanic!!!

dealers view repairs very differently. many put the screws to you. somebody has to pay for large facility.
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