93 Camry V6 Head Gasket

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Old 27 Oct 2004, 06:39 pm   #1 (permalink)
cenzo
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Default 93 Camry V6 Head Gasket

2 months ago I put $1700 into a rebuilt transmission on a 93 V6 Camry with
73,000 miles on it. Now with 75,000 miles the front head gasket goes bad.
Bad luck as the car has been maintained by the dealer since day 1. Whats
the thought on independant shop vs dealer to save some $$$ on labor
getting it fixed. And how does one find someone to fix it as a 'side
project?'

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Old 28 Oct 2004, 05:13 pm   #2 (permalink)
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The quality of the tech should be your concern, not where they work. Ask
around, find a good guy you know will do a good job. YOu may find him at a
dealer, you may find him at an indie shop.

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Old 30 Oct 2004, 12:33 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Wed, 27 Oct 2004 19:39:45 -0400, "cenzo" <vvcenzo@hotmail.com>
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>2 months ago I put $1700 into a rebuilt transmission on a 93 V6 Camry with
>73,000 miles on it. Now with 75,000 miles the front head gasket goes bad.
>Bad luck as the car has been maintained by the dealer since day 1. Whats
>the thought on independant shop vs dealer to save some $$$ on labor
>getting it fixed. And how does one find someone to fix it as a 'side
>project?'


Keep in mind that the dealer and another shop will charge you the same
for labor. They all go by a book on how much labor they should charge
for each job. What's the difference then? They differ on the parts
that they use. The dealer obviously uses OEM while the others use
aftermarket. The aftermarket parts are cheaper but so is the quality
most of the time. You may be able to find that you can negotiate with
the dealer's service writer. Get a quote from somewhere else and use
that as a negotiating tool.
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