99 camry starter reasonable replacement cost (parts + labor)

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Old 13 Jan 2011, 12:17 pm   #1 (permalink)
rsw
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Default 99 camry starter reasonable replacement cost (parts + labor)

Hi,
I had to tow my car to the nearest Tires Plus due to starter problems.
The repair person says the starter is locked and needs a replacement.
He quoted the price for re-manufactured starter as $285 + 1 hr labor
$90 and he says it comes with 5 year warranty. I cannot tow it to
another place in this situation, so I have OKed it after attempting to
bargain on the price and alternatives. Is this a reasonable price or
another rip off?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 13 Jan 2011, 06:44 pm   #2 (permalink)
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You might give this site a look-see. Don't have any idea as to it's
validity although it puts your situation in the "ballpark" range.

http://repairpal.com/

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Hi,
I had to tow my car to the nearest Tires Plus due to starter problems.
The repair person says the starter is locked and needs a replacement.
He quoted the price for re-manufactured starter as $285 + 1 hr labor
$90 and he says it comes with 5 year warranty. I cannot tow it to
another place in this situation, so I have OKed it after attempting to
bargain on the price and alternatives. Is this a reasonable price or
another rip off?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 14 Jan 2011, 09:50 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: 99 camry starter reasonable replacement cost (parts + labor)

I replaced a starter for my 96 Camry in Oct. It cost $150 for a
re-manufactured starter, so your cost seems a little high. $285 seems
more like a price for a new (not rebuilt) starter.

Dennis

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> You might give this site a look-see. Don't have any idea as to it's
> validity although it puts your situation in the "ballpark" range.
>
> http://repairpal.com/
>
> Goat
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> "rsw" wrote in message
> news:bf8703b6-e638-4f8b-ba2c-6ab8a3646620@k11g2000vbf.googlegroups.com...
>
> Hi,
> I had to tow my car to the nearest Tires Plus due to starter problems.
> The repair person says the starter is locked and needs a replacement.
> He quoted the price for re-manufactured starter as $285 + 1 hr labor
> $90 and he says it comes with 5 year warranty. I cannot tow it to
> another place in this situation, so I have OKed it after attempting to
> bargain on the price and alternatives. Is this a reasonable price or
> another rip off?
>
> Thanks in advance.


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Old 15 Jan 2011, 11:30 am   #4 (permalink)
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rsw wrote:
> Hi,
> I had to tow my car to the nearest Tires Plus due to starter problems.
> The repair person says the starter is locked and needs a replacement.
> He quoted the price for re-manufactured starter as $285 + 1 hr labor
> $90 and he says it comes with 5 year warranty. I cannot tow it to
> another place in this situation, so I have OKed it after attempting to
> bargain on the price and alternatives. Is this a reasonable price or
> another rip off?
>
> Thanks in advance.


Google it and you will find them from 71.00 to 150 bucks, I'd think 50
dollars mark up would be enough but if the shop is going to stay open
they need to make what they can when they can. There is a lot of
overhead and jobs like this help to pay the bills. Think of it as at
least 5 years of starter for 300 bucks or 60 dollars a year.
This one says it's a new Bosh,
http://www.partsgeek.com/gbproducts/...ek+Google+Base
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Old 15 Jan 2011, 05:47 pm   #5 (permalink)
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rsw wrote:

>Hi,
>I had to tow my car to the nearest Tires Plus due to starter problems.
>The repair person says the starter is locked and needs a replacement.
>He quoted the price for re-manufactured starter as $285 + 1 hr labor
>$90 and he says it comes with 5 year warranty. I cannot tow it to
>another place in this situation, so I have OKed it after attempting to
>bargain on the price and alternatives. Is this a reasonable price or
>another rip off?
>
>Thanks in advance.


Changing the starter is easy on those cars (4 cylinder). However it is
rare for them to go bad. Too bad you can't have it towed to Advance
Auto or something and have it checked for free.

My 94 Camry had what I thought was a bad starter, but after replacing
it I realized that wasn't it. It turned out to be the battery.
Fortunately I was able to take it back because the terminals were on
the opposite side of the starter and I claimed it wasn't a direct
replacement.
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