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juliannm
03-05-2011, 01:51 PM
Hi,

I've been bad ... other than oil changes every 3000 miles I've been a bit negligent when it comes to tune ups for the last 2 years. Just brought the car to my mechanic -- needs $2700 of work and I'm not sure if this is putting money into a sinking ship. I would so appreciate if anyone can offer advice? Here's the list the mechanic gave me:
-replace valve cover gasket
-remove, replace spark plugs
-remove, replace spark plug wire set
-remove, replace fuel filter
-replace front brake pads and resurface rotors if possible/replace wheel stud, both wheels
-replace serpentine belt
-replace idler pulley
wheel alignment
-need passenger side view mirror replaced
-possibly replace exhaust(?) shield, not included in est.
AND .... he needs to check on this -- the grinding noise i hear when car starts (from cold) may be catalytic convertor? also not included in est.

I just really don't have a clue what to do and would really appreciate any thoughts on this.

thank you
juliann

juliannm
03-05-2011, 02:07 PM
oops left out a few things from mechanics list which i just added in CAPS
Hi,

I've been bad ... other than oil changes every 3000 miles I've been a bit negligent when it comes to tune ups for the last 2 years. Just brought the car to my mechanic -- needs $2700 of work and I'm not sure if this is putting money into a sinking ship. I would so appreciate if anyone can offer advice? Here's the list the mechanic gave me
-replace valve cover gasket
-remove, replace spark plugs
-remove, replace spark plug wire set
-remove, replace fuel filter
-replace front brake pads and resurface rotors if possible/replace wheel stud, both wheels
-RESURFACE ROTORS
-MOUNT AND BALANCE ONE TIRE
-replace serpentine belt
-replace idler pulley
-REPLACE RACK AND PINION
wheel alignment
-need passenger side view mirror replaced
-possibly replace exhaust(?) shield, not included in est.
AND .... he needs to check on this -- the grinding noise i hear when car starts (from cold) may be catalytic convertor? also not included in est.

I just really don't have a clue what to do and would really appreciate any thoughts on this.

thank you
juliann

juliannm
03-06-2011, 11:23 AM
Hi,

'99 SUBARU FORESTER L: MILEAGE: 125,000

I've been bad ... other than oil changes every 3000 miles I've been a bit negligent when it comes to tune ups for the last 2 years. Just brought the car to my mechanic -- needs $2700 of work and I'm not sure if this is putting money into a sinking ship. I would so appreciate if anyone can offer advice? Here's the list the mechanic gave me
-replace valve cover gasket
-remove, replace spark plugs
-remove, replace spark plug wire set
-remove, replace fuel filter
-replace front brake pads and resurface rotors if possible/replace wheel stud, both wheels
-RESURFACE ROTORS
-MOUNT AND BALANCE ONE TIRE
-replace serpentine belt
-replace idler pulley
-REPLACE RACK AND PINION
wheel alignment
-need passenger side view mirror replaced
-possibly replace exhaust(?) shield, not included in est.
AND .... he needs to check on this -- the grinding noise i hear when car starts (from cold) may be catalytic convertor? also not included in est.

I just really don't have a clue what to do and would really appreciate any thoughts on this.

thank you
juliann

dbwhiteman1
03-07-2011, 08:38 PM
Ditch it, spend your money on a newer one.

brandonmillsap
07-08-2011, 02:46 AM
oops left out a few things from mechanics list which i just added in CAPS
Hi,

I've been bad ... other than oil changes every 3000 miles I've been a bit negligent when it comes to tune ups for the last 2 years. Just brought the car to my mechanic -- needs $2700 of work and I'm not sure if this is putting money into a sinking ship. I would so appreciate if anyone can offer advice? Here's the list the mechanic gave me
-replace valve cover gasket
-remove, replace spark plugs
-remove, replace spark plug wire set
-remove, replace fuel filter
-replace front brake pads and resurface rotors if possible/replace wheel stud, both wheels
-RESURFACE ROTORS
-MOUNT AND BALANCE ONE TIRE
-replace serpentine belt (http://www.car-stuff.com/belts.htm)
-replace idler pulley
-REPLACE RACK AND PINION
wheel alignment
-need passenger side view mirror replaced
-possibly replace exhaust(?) shield, not included in est.
AND .... he needs to check on this -- the grinding noise i hear when car starts (from cold) may be catalytic convertor? also not included in est.

I just really don't have a clue what to do and would really appreciate any thoughts on this.

thank you
juliann

In my opinion, succumbing to your mechanic's service doesn't necessarily put your money in a sinking ship. If the car can be revived and work decently, it would be worth it, but if you will be placed in a position where you would spend a fortune, then it would be a waste of money. Try to scout for oem parts which can help you modify your car.

Jonathan
07-25-2011, 03:46 AM
Wow do you really have to do all that at once? Do you not know anybody that is mechanically inclined? The majority of that is simple. Perhaps ask him to give you a priority list. Are you perhaps thinking of your Timing Belt? That would be very important! If the Engine is not running Rough, you can change the plugs ,wires etc a bit later. Brakes of course are important! Did you wear your brake pads down to where they were grinding metal to metal? If not your mechanic can check the thickness of the Rotors to verify they are within legal specs and you may not need to turn the rotors if you have no deep grooves in them! I have no clue how you ended up with two bad studs! I dont know its up to you. If you have the 2700.00 and trade your car in perhaps you might do better although then there are the Car Payments that Never seem to end! Good Luck!!!

pedrodoyle224
09-15-2011, 03:04 AM
Ther than oil changes every 3000 miles I've been a bit negligent when it comes to tune ups for the last 2 years. Just brought the car to my mechanic -- needs $2700 of work and I'm not sure if this is putting money into a sinking ship.