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    single most expensive repair you have ever done

    ok so just like it sounds
    what is the single most expensive item on your car that you have ever repaired
    just one thing
    if you did the work yourself
    how much would it have cost you to pay a shop to do it
    if you paid a shop what was the total cost
    do you think it was a fair price for the amount of work done ?

    For me i have had lots of exspensive vehicles lots of exsesively expensive repairs but the one that tops it all was the engine rebuild int his Seville
    4035 dollars after taxes

    i think it was fair for the work done
    however because there was alot to it and it
    parts where about 1400 the rest would be fluids and labor
    so i think it was a reasonable price

    how about your guys

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    Probably replacing my intake gaskets. I would guess close to $1000 if I took it to a shop. I also painted the manifold and refinished the valve covers. I spent about $100 in materials including the paint.




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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    As of right now, ~$410 for a new battery from the dealer. They had to reprogram the car to recognize the new battery so it charges accordingly.

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    Quote Originally Posted by gary88 View Post
    They had to reprogram the car to recognize the new battery so it charges accordingly.
    Wow I've never heard of that before. If a mechanic ever tried to charge me for that, I'd tell him to shove it!

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    $1165 for a blower motor/resistor in my 1999 Mercedes-Benz S320. The blower motor would intermittently not work, so I had it diagnosed at the M-B dealer I had all my work done at, and they found that the resistor was failing, but it was built into the blower motor as one piece. It was about an $800 part, and about 3.5 hours of labor to access, remove and install the new one. It was gonna be around $1300 total, but I got them to give me some discounts because I was such a frequent and happy customer.
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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    3200, new transmission for an 2004 SRX AWD

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    About $1500 for Maggie rebulid with shipping, gaskets, blah blah blah.

    I have traded in cars that needed shocks before so I normally dont fix them, I get rid of them when they start needing stuff and are out of warrenty.

    The V may be hitting the bricks soon too if my current trouble is much more than a clogged fuel filter.

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    Quote Originally Posted by gary88 View Post
    As of right now, ~$410 for a new battery from the dealer. They had to reprogram the car to recognize the new battery so it charges accordingly.
    Gary88, I think you have all the makings of a satisfied Porsche owner! Back in the day, when ownership of high performance sports cars was relatively affordable we used to laugh at the apparent need that Porsche owners had to spend outrageous amounts of money on the maintenance of their beloved, but overpriced, "wunder" cars. The story went that a Porsche owner when presented with a bill for $65.00 (7 quart oil change on a Jaguar XK ran about $18.00 at the time) for an oil change on his 911, was heard to say "Are you sure that's enough!"

    It seems that your BMW dealer is really "guilding his lily" by charging for reprogramming the car to use a factory authorized replacement part that he has already made a substantial profit margin on, not to mention his portion of the highly inflated "book" charge for the installation of the battery! I have long thought they the publics willingness to accept "superior German engineering" had more to do with the fact that they are charged outrageous prices by practitioners of that "black art!"

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    Quote Originally Posted by orconn View Post
    Gary88, I think you have all the makings of a satisfied Porsche owner! Back in the day, when ownership of high performance sports cars was relatively affordable we used to laugh at the apparent need that Porsche owners had to spend outrageous amounts of money on the maintenance of their beloved, but overpriced, "wunder" cars. The story went that a Porsche owner when presented with a bill for $65.00 (7 quart oil change on a Jaguar XK ran about $18.00 at the time) for an oil change on his 911, was heard to say "Are you sure that's enough!"

    It seems that your BMW dealer is really "guilding his lily" by charging for reprogramming the car to use a factory authorized replacement part that he has already made a substantial profit margin on, not to mention his portion of the highly inflated "book" charge for the installation of the battery! I have long thought they the publics willingness to accept "superior German engineering" had more to do with the fact that they are charged outrageous prices by practitioners of that "black art!"
    Many moons ago friend of mine had a Porsche 1600 Normal. One day it quit running and stranded him in the middle of nowhere. He called me for help and it quickly became evident that the cam had quit turning because the teeth were stripped off the drive gear. A trip to the Porsche/VW dealer produced a quote of around $1000 for a new gear because you had to buy the cam to get it. I told the parts guy that I wasn't born yesterday so sell me a cam drive gear for a VW. The gear was less than $10, fit perfectly, and was made of aluminum instead of Micarta plastic like the original. Porsche owners will buy anything as long as you charge them enough for it.
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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    Not the most I have ever spent on a repair, but certainly the most outrageous amount considering the repair, was the $700.00 (in 1989 dollars) I had to spend to replace the radio antenna ($500.00 was for the part alone) on my Audi 5000S Avant! This car had other repairs for which I was charged truly outrageous prices, but I think the antenna took the cake for the repair that reached most highly into "highway robbery" territory. In those days Porsche?Audi agencies were where one bought and serviced Audi's. So they felt it entirely reasonable to charge (Porsche's outrageous prices parts/labor) for what was actually a glorified VW Passat (VW dealers would not service Audi's at that time, despite the cars being essentially identical (Audi 5000/VW Passat) under the hood. Those Germans really know how to make a buck!

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    Quote Originally Posted by I~LUV~Caddys8792 View Post
    $1165 for a blower motor/resistor in my 1999 Mercedes-Benz S320. The blower motor would intermittently not work, so I had it diagnosed at the M-B dealer I had all my work done at, and they found that the resistor was failing, but it was built into the blower motor as one piece. It was about an $800 part, and about 3.5 hours of labor to access, remove and install the new one. It was gonna be around $1300 total, but I got them to give me some discounts because I was such a frequent and happy customer.
    Chad, I consider you a bright young man, but after that, and several other experiences, with the likes of the Mercedes repairs I am truly amazed that you are still a believer in "superior German engineering." To me quality engineering includes the design of a component to be as accessible as possible to be easily maintained and inexpensively repaired as possible. German engineering has never been high on the list of those who have attained those goals. Both the Japanese and Americans engineer products that succeed far better in these important area of car design.

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    Yes, in that area of engineering excellence, the Germans usually fail. But nothing else drives like a German car in good working order. There's a reason they've been the benchmark of engineering for other luxury brands for the last 30 years or so.
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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    Most expensive for me? The powertrain refresh on my 2000 STS: headgasket repair with stud kit, replaced the transmission (got one with 70K fewer miles for $350), and for good measure installed a Yank Converters 3000 RPM stall torque converter)

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    Quote Originally Posted by orconn View Post
    Gary88, I think you have all the makings of a satisfied Porsche owner! Back in the day, when ownership of high performance sports cars was relatively affordable we used to laugh at the apparent need that Porsche owners had to spend outrageous amounts of money on the maintenance of their beloved, but overpriced, "wunder" cars. The story went that a Porsche owner when presented with a bill for $65.00 (7 quart oil change on a Jaguar XK ran about $18.00 at the time) for an oil change on his 911, was heard to say "Are you sure that's enough!"

    It seems that your BMW dealer is really "guilding his lily" by charging for reprogramming the car to use a factory authorized replacement part that he has already made a substantial profit margin on, not to mention his portion of the highly inflated "book" charge for the installation of the battery! I have long thought they the publics willingness to accept "superior German engineering" had more to do with the fact that they are charged outrageous prices by practitioners of that "black art!"
    I have a friend who purchased a Porsche Boxster as his after retirement car. One day he came late to a meeting and said his car's battery was dead since he left the key on ignition for couple of days. And he continued his speech with an smile on his face: my car is not like the normal cars that you have seen, some special procedure needs to be followed if the battery dies. The battery compartment door is electrical and if battery dies you can not access the battery anymore! Someone should growl underneath with a portable battery, and connect the portable battery somewhere to open the electrical door of battery compartment, and then replace the battery!
    The next day I saw him with a 600-700$ bill for battery replacement! And the funny part is he paid the money with an smile on his face and he was so proud of this specicility that his Porsche has, "Battery ompartment door is powered by battery itself!"

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    I don't even want to tell you how much the replacment engine in my Deville cost.

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