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Old 09-24-2009, 08:46 AM
 
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I am looking for a mechanic in South or Southeast Charlotte to do a 60,000 check on my 2004 Outback. I'm not having any problems but I don't want to pay $750 that Folger's want to do it.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 09-24-2009, 08:53 AM
 
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Why not search among "services" in various classifieds sites?
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Old 09-24-2009, 09:45 AM
 
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I actually have to go get my 75,000 mile service done on my Toyota Corolla.

I'd suggest taking it to the service department at the dealership. They usually know your type of vehicle best. I had new rotors put on about 8 months ago at an independent shop and now my brakes are squeeling.
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:46 AM
 
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I am looking for a mechanic in South or Southeast Charlotte to do a 60,000 check on my 2004 Outback. I'm not having any problems but I don't want to pay $750 that Folger's want to do it.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
My husband was an auto mechanic for years and years and years in Lee and Collier counties. A foreman, too. I wish he was still there, for your sake. We don't know anyone up in that area, and even in his past areas, the good ones have moved away. I'll tell you what, though, $750 is beyond ridiculous.

Chicken Wing: That scenario can go either way. Some dealerships are very good, but most will charge more and some will cheat you just like an independent can. The dealership mechanics do know your model, because they do it over and over, but that doesn't make them great mechanics. Some are great though, and some have the "assembly line" mentality. If you give them another kind of car and ask them what's wrong with it, they don't know what to do.

Sorry. I know that none of this is much help. But, once again, $750 is crazy. Are you sure about that price? Are they doing something else to the vehicle? What, specifically, do they say they are doing? I'm going to ask my husband about this when he gets home.
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Old 09-24-2009, 12:38 PM
 
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I agree with Hiknapster, unless there were some repairs included. I thought the $390 for a my 30,000 mile Camry service was outrageous, so I got the "limited 30,000 service" for $199. I don't have an Outback, so I obviously can't tell you what a dealership charges, but $300 sounds more reasonable to me. I know some very honest mechanics in Fort Myers & Naples, but that's probably too far for you to travel.
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:08 PM
 
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I know some very honest mechanics in Fort Myers & Naples, but that's probably too far for you to travel.

To save $300-400.00 driving an extra 30 miles doesnt sound like a bad deal to me......at 14 mpg in town, I'd drive farther than that to save that much coin.
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:58 PM
 
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To save $300-400.00 driving an extra 30 miles doesnt sound like a bad deal to me......at 14 mpg in town, I'd drive farther than that to save that much coin.
Well, I highly recommend John Campbell at Campbell's Auto Center in Estero. Waiting room isn't very fancy, but it it's a nice day, you can sit outside on a bench and read a magazine. It's on 41 near Corkscrew. Ask for John. In Naples I had an emergency when I worked off of Pine Ridge Rd and Joe, the owner of Aline's Regal Tire & Auto, was very honest. I mean, how many tire shops tell you your tires are okay and you don't need new ones? They also have an auto repair shop and work on both domestic & foreign cars. I like straight talk from a mechanic, not a sales pitch. I drew a blank, but just came back to add Master Tech Imports in Naples. They're not cheap at all IMO, but they seem to know what they're doing.

Just a warning!! I had a Hyundai Sonata and didn't want to spend the extra $500 to replace the timing belt. The owner's manual suggests changing it at 60,000 miles. Maybe that's why your estimate is so high. If it is, $750 isn't that far off. I'll tell you why. I had 54,000 miles on my Sonata when the belt broke and crushed the valves in my engine. The car was a very large paper weight after that.

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Old 09-24-2009, 04:45 PM
 
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Since we run our own business, we have the official estimator. It's Mitchell 1 and it's right on my computer.

We looked up the Subaru.

The most you would pay in labor, with us, is about $150. If we replaced the air and oil filter and the air cleaner and changed and added all the fluids, it would be about another $150. Bear in mind, though, that we charge $25 (!) an hour.

ATTENTION MODS: This is not an ad. We live 700+ miles away. Just helping some friends figure out what to do about their vehicle!
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:54 PM
 
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Since we run our own business, we have the official estimator. It's Mitchell 1 and it's right on my computer.

We looked up the Subaru.

The most you would pay in labor, with us, is about $150. If we replaced the air and oil filter and the air cleaner and changed and added all the fluids, it would be about another $150. Bear in mind, though, that we charge $25 (!) an hour.

ATTENTION MODS: This is not an ad. We live 700+ miles away. Just helping some friends figure out what to do about their vehicle!
I should do the math and see if it's worth driving from Florida to Tennessee. I'm not so sure my tires will make it, however. Don't know what's wrong with this car. I've had 2 four wheel alignments and all 4 wheels balanced more often than with any other car. 2 sets of tires in 35K miles. Ready for a third.
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Old 09-24-2009, 08:41 PM
 
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I should do the math and see if it's worth driving from Florida to Tennessee. I'm not so sure my tires will make it, however. Don't know what's wrong with this car. I've had 2 four wheel alignments and all 4 wheels balanced more often than with any other car. 2 sets of tires in 35K miles. Ready for a third.
You're welcome to come visit anytime!
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