Dealer's recommendations for 96 Camry. Ouch...

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Old 21 Jul 2003, 12:28 pm   #1 (permalink)
Tim
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Default Dealer's recommendations for 96 Camry. Ouch...

Went to a dealership here in Los Angeles. Did oil change+transmission flush.
At the end of the invoice I was given the following recommendations (in
parentheses are the approximate prices I was also given):

Resealing Engine Oil Pan (395.00)
Replacing Trans. Oil Pan Gasket (167.50)
Replacing Engine Dog Bone Mount (160.00)
Replacing Engine Valve Cover Gasket (158.27)

Now, knowing nothing about the cars I really don't know what all these
things mean, if I need to do them and if this is the right price and dealer
is not just trying to rip me off. I will of course ask around the regular
shops, but do you guys think these things are have to be fix and the price
is right. ($1000 is a lot of money for that car; 100,000+ miles, 96, 4 cyl)
Thank you in advance.
Tim.


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Old 21 Jul 2003, 12:56 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Dealer's recommendations for 96 Camry. Ouch...

>Went to a dealership here in Los Angeles. Did oil change+transmission flush.
>At the end of the invoice I was given the following recommendations (in
>parentheses are the approximate prices I was also given):
>
>Resealing Engine Oil Pan (395.00)
>Replacing Trans. Oil Pan Gasket (167.50)
>Replacing Engine Dog Bone Mount (160.00)
>Replacing Engine Valve Cover Gasket (158.27)
>
>


If they service the trans the trans gasket should be included
in the price. Wow all these prices are outrageous...I wonder
what you paid for the oil change and trans flush?
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Old 22 Jul 2003, 08:29 am   #3 (permalink)
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Tranny flush is just that. They suck it out and refill. There is no filter
change. The pan is never removed so the gasket doesn't get changed. I am
guessing he probably noticed the pan might be leaking. They do after a
while. Might try to tighten bolts, if it is not leaving spots in the
driveway leave it alone. If it puddles the change the gasket. I paid $80 for
an old fashion tranny oil change along with filter and gasket. This was at a
small garage and not a dealer.
"Tim" <ihave@nomail.com> wrote in message
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> I paid total of $130. But I was too wondering if they were suppose to fix
> the gasket. I am thinking now if I want to replace it, I will have to pay
> for another trans. flush/refill.
> Thanx for the reply.
>
> "ROBMURR" <robmurr@aol.com> wrote in message
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> > >Went to a dealership here in Los Angeles. Did oil change+transmission

> flush.
> > >At the end of the invoice I was given the following recommendations (in
> > >parentheses are the approximate prices I was also given):
> > >
> > >Resealing Engine Oil Pan (395.00)
> > >Replacing Trans. Oil Pan Gasket (167.50)
> > >Replacing Engine Dog Bone Mount (160.00)
> > >Replacing Engine Valve Cover Gasket (158.27)
> > >
> > >

> >
> > If they service the trans the trans gasket should be included
> > in the price. Wow all these prices are outrageous...I wonder
> > what you paid for the oil change and trans flush?

>
>



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Old 23 Jul 2003, 10:50 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Dealer's recommendations for 96 Camry. Ouch...

Those prices are way too high. A 30K-mile service ($290) will include
the tranny pan gasket, and that included other things like oil and
coolant change, etc.

Stay away from that dealership and try a mechanic specializing in
Toyotas in your local area.


Tim wrote:
> Went to a dealership here in Los Angeles. Did oil change+transmission flush.
> At the end of the invoice I was given the following recommendations (in
> parentheses are the approximate prices I was also given):
>
> Resealing Engine Oil Pan (395.00)
> Replacing Trans. Oil Pan Gasket (167.50)
> Replacing Engine Dog Bone Mount (160.00)
> Replacing Engine Valve Cover Gasket (158.27)
>
> Now, knowing nothing about the cars I really don't know what all these
> things mean, if I need to do them and if this is the right price and dealer
> is not just trying to rip me off. I will of course ask around the regular
> shops, but do you guys think these things are have to be fix and the price
> is right. ($1000 is a lot of money for that car; 100,000+ miles, 96, 4 cyl)
> Thank you in advance.
> Tim.
>
>


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Old 30 Oct 2003, 04:37 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Resealing an oil pan would be done only if it has a hole in it. You
should be able to buy one for less than that. I Think that is a rip.
Oil pans usually just need a gasket, They have to have the oil pan off
to reseal it so to charge you $167.50 to put a $5.00 gasket on it adds
insult to injury. I'm not sure about the engine mount. If the car is
an automatic you can open the hood, get in the car, put it in drive,
hold the brake down, give it some gas, look at the engine from inside
the car.....if the engine lifts up then you need an engine mount. If
not then you probably do not. The valve cover gasket is another $5.00
part (maybe $10) and is fairly easy to do. Look at the surface where
you park your car and if it hasn't leaked "too much" overnight then
you might be better off not to do anything at all. The car isn't worth
enough to put money into it needlessly. Just keep oil and transmission
fluid in it and drive the car.

Bill

On Mon, 21 Jul 2003 17:28:29 GMT, "Tim" <ihave@nomail.com> wrote:

>Went to a dealership here in Los Angeles. Did oil change+transmission flush.
>At the end of the invoice I was given the following recommendations (in
>parentheses are the approximate prices I was also given):
>
>Resealing Engine Oil Pan (395.00)
>Replacing Trans. Oil Pan Gasket (167.50)
>Replacing Engine Dog Bone Mount (160.00)
>Replacing Engine Valve Cover Gasket (158.27)
>
>Now, knowing nothing about the cars I really don't know what all these
>things mean, if I need to do them and if this is the right price and dealer
>is not just trying to rip me off. I will of course ask around the regular
>shops, but do you guys think these things are have to be fix and the price
>is right. ($1000 is a lot of money for that car; 100,000+ miles, 96, 4 cyl)
>Thank you in advance.
>Tim.
>


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