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Old 10-06-2007, 05:34 PM
 
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Last week I had to pay $420 to have the ignition coil, spark plus and associated wires replaced on my 2002 Hyundai accent, plus diagnostics ($65 or so) and labor.

Did I get ripped off? It seemed outrageous but this was a recommended mechanic and it seems like the diagnostics and labor ate up most of the cost. Thanks!
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Old 10-07-2007, 02:13 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Last week I had to pay $420 to have the ignition coil, spark plus and associated wires replaced on my 2002 Hyundai accent, plus diagnostics ($65 or so) and labor.

Did I get ripped off? It seemed outrageous but this was a recommended mechanic and it seems like the diagnostics and labor ate up most of the cost. Thanks!
It's probably the normal price these days. Out here, labor is $80.00/hour!

I remember that I changed the coil, plugs and wires myself in my '66 Dodge Dart back in the mid-'80s. About $10 for a coil, maybe $15 for the plug set and about $20-25 for the wires! Well under $100. That's one reason why I like '60s and '70s cars! The parts are not only less expensive, but in many cases it can be done by yourself (in other words, you can actually see the engine).
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Old 10-07-2007, 04:35 AM
 
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A Ford dealer want $250.00 plus parts ($6.95 per plug) for a plug change on my '02 F250 v8. I did it myself for about $32.00 for Bosch platinum tip plugs.

I took about 3 hours. A couple towards the firewall were tough.
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Old 10-07-2007, 09:54 AM
 
Location: California
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Coils are expensive, newer cars have a coil for each cylinder, dearers charge a lot of money for the wires, your price was probably normal.
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Old 10-07-2007, 03:14 PM
 
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Thanks! Yeah I wish I knew how to do that stuff, but I can add wiper fluid and change a tire and that's about it...
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Old 10-07-2007, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Thanks! Yeah I wish I knew how to do that stuff, but I can add wiper fluid and change a tire and that's about it...
One of the things I always do is to tell them to keep all parts. I will throw them away. Then, when you get home, take a look at the parts, compare to your bill. Also, take a look at the coil (for instance) and open you hood and find it. Does it look like it's hard to change? Your holding one in your hand, how many holes does it have, for mounting. Can learn a lot that way and with a little coaching, be able to do it yourself next time.
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Old 10-07-2007, 07:27 PM
 
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Last week I had to pay $420 to have the ignition coil, spark plus and associated wires replaced on my 2002 Hyundai accent, plus diagnostics ($65 or so) and labor.
There are two coils in your vehicle. Each coil controls two cylinders. Did you need one or two? Which engine do you have the 1.5 or the 1.6. If you have a 1.6, the coils are sold as a unit including bracket. The 1.5 coils are broken down into left and right units or you can get them as a unit, too. I'm not at work so I can't tell you retail on them, but they can be expensive. My guess is upward of $200 for the assembly. Add in the cost of the wires, say $50, plugs (they could be platinum tip from the factory, up to $40), add diagnostic costs (time incured to figure out your problem, it's not free!), and book labor time to replace them, and you can get to your bill very easy.

My guess is that you had a mis-fire, it set off the check engine light, or a coil failed and your engine was running like crap or all of the above.

Remember, if you want someone else besides you to fix it, you will pay what is refered to as "list price". The tech calls the part store, finds out his cost, either marks it up or asks for list price, checks his diagnostic software for labor times, adds it all up and calls you with the price. You say yes or no, and the race is on. If you want to fix it yourself, you can buy the parts much cheaper (usually half the price) and the labor comes free. But, you don't have the diagnostic tools, the knowhow, the shop, the overhead, the insurance, the payroll, etc. so you have to pay for all that.

Car parts are increasingly getting more expensive, especially electrical items. More and more pieces are replaced as modules. You can't "fix" anything anymore. You just replace.
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Old 10-07-2007, 07:47 PM
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Location: MA/NH
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Thanks! Yeah I wish I knew how to do that stuff, but I can add wiper fluid and change a tire and that's about it...
If you intend to keep your car for a long time, just buy a factory service manual for your car a few tools and learn to work on your car yourself. It's really not that difficult.
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Old 01-27-2010, 03:41 PM
 
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i just got the same thing done at AAMCO in Davis CA for $262. I dont know what other diagnostics they did on your car or mine; they loooked at my brakes too and said I need to change the rotors and pads, but at a later date. I was satisfied with the service although the cost still hurt.
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Old 01-27-2010, 03:56 PM
 
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Om alot of tehse trucks and cars changing the plugs means removig alot of things. I know a freind change the plugs on his wifes compact truck and he said he couldn't believe now long and how many things he and to remove and replace. He said think god its only very 100,000 miles with the new type plugs
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