I have an 05 elantra 47k miles. Just asked the dealer how much for a
timing belt change, and he says 750!!!! SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY
DOLLARS TO CHANGE A 30 DOLLAR BELT! This place is the biggest ripoff.
New Rochelle Hyundai. The guy sees the look on my face when he told me
the price and so he says " that includes the accessory belts too."
On Sun, 1 Mar 2009 09:59:23 -0800 (PST), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The local mechanic wanted $330 for the job, but his shop looked a bit of a
mess. not that means he doesn't do good work, but it was a bit off putting,
also I didn't know if special tools )or parts) maybe required that the
dealer would have. The dealer's also included a courtesy shuttle bus to the
Mall and back while we waited!
The car is running good so I feel fairly confident about the whole thing.
First time I dropped off the '09 Sonata last year for the navigation
'fix' I was surprised at how messy the dealer's shop was. Dirty rags
everywhere, tools scattered around on work benches, etc. Yeah they
shuttled me back and forth to home. Hyundai sent me (email) a survey
questionnaire regarding my visit. I was honest and told them the place
was real messy.
Btw, that was at 8 in the a.m. not after they'd worked all day. They
fixed the nav though. I also use an independant mechanic for my other
vehicles. He works solo and is usually 2-3 weeks out for an appt. His
shop is pretty clean and he's reasonable on his labor charges. For
instance he replaced the CV's for me on an '87 Camry for $250 out the
door. I got a quote from another outfit and it was just shy of 5 bills.
Of course the $500 guy has the 3 full time mechanics, and a software
program that tells him what to charge regardless of labor time, etc.
Actually, not always. I did some price comparison for my last endoscopy
and found the Goodyear guys were much cheaper. They did an outstanding
job on me and even gave me pictures to show my friends! I had them go
ahead and lube my bearings while they were in there. Overall it was a
very satisfying experience.
I have changed my own timing belts, water pumps, and "fan" belts on all
my cars (Hondas, Hyundais, etc) and Hyundai is by far the easiest. $390
is a tempting price IF it includes all the belts and the water pump
(plus the tensioner if your vehicle has one... like the '03 v6 Santa Fe
does). On cars with crank pulleys that have a rubber layer for shock
isolation one has to be careful of lazy shops that unbolt the nut on
that pulley by strapping the pulley to keep it from moving rather than
locking the crank. It is easier but nearly guarantees a premature
failure of that pulley...
'99, '02, '06 Elentra
'03 Santa Fe
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