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    Replacing radiator hoses....

    Hello again....I have a 2008 CTS, 52000 miles. Was told I have a leak in the upper radiator hose and Sears (where I took it when I first noticed a hot, steam smell) is recommending I replace the bottom radiator hose. They gave me, what I thought, an unbelievable quote of $650 to replace both. Does this sound legit? I was stunned! Thanks for your feedback. I haven't called the local dealership yet.

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    Wow that's crazy!! I have always found that radiator shops have much better labor rates and prices .

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    Re: Replacing radiator hoses....

    No question I would call the dealership. But I would definitely shop around like Kevin suggested.

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    Re: Replacing radiator hoses....

    Run...don't walk from that one. Even if you're not going to do it yourself, you can do a lot better than that. That is an outrageous estimate for two radiator hoses, 2 gallons of Dexcool, some distilled water, possibly clamps, and some not so technical labor.

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    That might have included heater hoses also. But it still seems high to me.

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    Re: Replacing radiator hoses....

    Thanks for the responses.....a friend fixed it for me. $117 for both hoses....exactly why I hate taking my vehicle to a garage. I don't mind paying for skilled labor but why the ripoff? Sears quoted me a total of $310 just for hoses (I'm sure the rubber was better on those ones! LOL). Two and a half times more just to have the hoses delivered to them? That's a ripoff to me!

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    Re: Replacing radiator hoses....

    You're right. It is a ripoff. I don't have a problem with the word profit, but excessive profit is an additional word that I don't like and I don't practice.

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    Re: Replacing radiator hoses....

    I was just reading this post. I recently had a blown motor in the radiator fan. I was able to pull the complete fan assembly out in less than 15 minutes, giving darn near full access to the radiator hoses. I would estimate about a two hour job to change them out.
    I bet if you went to gmparts direct, ordered them and had a local mechanic do it, you'd cut that price in half. The only thing Sears is MAYBE good for would be a tire sale... And even then I'd be skeptical of their quality of work for what they charge.

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    Re: Replacing radiator hoses....

    An hour and 45 minutes is all the time he needed. Did an excellent job! I live in ripoff City though, as far as the Sears price goes!!!!

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