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  • The Original and Official UJ Rag on Mechanics Topic

    The starter in my 2007 Ranger PickUp began a slow death spiral. I paid $460 to have it replaced this morning. That was $120 less than the next lowest estimate given to me. Do they make starters out of plutonium these days?

  • #2
    A 460 dollar starter in an 800 dollar truck.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Who View Post
      The starter in my 2007 Ranger PickUp began a slow death spiral. I paid $460 to have it replaced this morning. That was $120 less than the next lowest estimate given to me. Do they make starters out of plutonium these days?
      Did they speak English as a first language?

      The fucking American Telephone and Telegraph trouble desk guy I dealt with didn't.

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      • #4
        I shouldn't bring this up at such a sensitive time but the biggest assholes I've e ver encountered on the road drive those shitty little trucks.I think it's big truck envy.

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        • #5
          The electronics in car kept shorting out while driving, to the point where it finally wouldn't start. My mechanic said a computer board was shot and replaced it. Same thing happened. With a 2nd trip to see him, it was a loose battery cable. He gave me a new 30 cent bolt and tightened it for free.

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          • #6
            You should have put the starter in yourself.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BigRedRetard View Post
              You should have put the starter in yourself.
              I don't think he had the 15 minutes and 10mm socket wrench to spare

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              • #8
                I take my car in after it's running rough and the check engine light keeps popping on. I go to a private mechanic because someone highly recommended him to me. For $450 he replaced the fuel filter and told me it was fixed. As soon as I leave the check engine light pops on again so I return the car. He looked at it three more times and couldn't fix it.

                So I take my car (a Honda fit w/100k miles) to the Honda dealership. 2 hours later they call me to tell me it was a bad ignition coil and they replaced it. The car is running fine now. Since I paid the other mechanic with Amex I called them up and cancelled the charge. I got my money back and that was it, no questions asked.

                I ended up giving the car to my wife's brother and it's been running fine since, around 120k now. It was the only problem I ever had.

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                • #9
                  Should have just taken it out and had it rebuilt for a little over $100.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by allwhitemeat View Post

                    I don't think he had the 15 minutes and 10mm socket wrench to spare
                    Probably not. Plus a starter might be kind of heavy for an old guy like Who.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by FreakShowFanatic View Post
                      I take my car in after it's running rough and the check engine light keeps popping on. I go to a private mechanic because someone highly recommended him to me. For $450 he replaced the fuel filter and told me it was fixed. As soon as I leave the check engine light pops on again so I return the car. He looked at it three more times and couldn't fix it.

                      So I take my car (a Honda fit w/100k miles) to the Honda dealership. 2 hours later they call me to tell me it was a bad ignition coil and they replaced it. The car is running fine now. Since I paid the other mechanic with Amex I called them up and cancelled the charge. I got my money back and that was it, no questions asked.

                      I ended up giving the car to my wife's brother and it's been running fine since, around 120k now. It was the only problem I ever had.
                      $450 for a fuel filter?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by animal View Post

                        $450 for a fuel filter?
                        Ooops. I meant to say electric fuel pump. The guy was taking a stab in the dark and obviously didn't know what he was doing. The Honda mechanic said it came right up on his diagnostics that it was an ignition coil in cylinder #3.

                        The dealership charged about $240.00.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BigRedRetard View Post

                          Probably not. Plus a starter might be kind of heavy for an old guy like Who.
                          maybe it was just to hard to reach, sitting there underneath in the open and all.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by animal View Post

                            $450 for a fuel filter?
                            The guy probly never did shit to the car.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by FreakShowFanatic View Post

                              Ooops. I meant to say electric fuel pump. The guy was taking a stab in the dark and obviously didn't know what he was doing. The Honda mechanic said it came right up on his diagnostics that it was an ignition coil in cylinder #3.

                              The dealership charged about $240.00.
                              This is as bad as Who paying $460 to install a starter.

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