You don't tell us a thing about what was wrong or what was done to your
AC. You want us to give you a "creative" answer.
The mileage is a bit low. If the vehicle sat all winter and never had
the AC/defrost on, the seals could have leaked. Maybe the car was in a
minor accident or used over very bumpy roads. An AC repair after four
years is not totally unexpected.
Depends. My '91 Regal was repaired correctly after three attempts by the
dealer when it was about 2 years old. Lasted until this past year with
148,000 miles. Did it really need $700 in repairs? Hard to say. Could
have been a bad compressor and dryer, could have been a simple seal leak.
In my case, the dealer (under warranty) "repaired" my AC twice. The second
time I did not even make it home a mile away and it died. Dealer insisted
they fixed it right. We has a long discussion about AC and how they work and
I asked what they did. I asked if the evaporator was checked. He said no,
they never go bad. You can figure the rest of the story.
My late old 96 Taurus had a leak in the AC that my trusted mechanic could
not locate. he said that it must be the evaporator, which is under the dash.
It would be about 8 hours of labor to replace it since the dash had to come
out. They do go bad and it is more common than you think.
I'll save Mike the trouble of posting;
You must've abused your A/C
You didn't take it into your authorized GM dealer for maintenance
GM sells more A/C units than Toyota !
( so there )
We mostly all knew he meant the guy with all the money, all that
valuable GM stock he's holding til it comes back. He has a new family
room needs papering. It's the guy that buys so many new cars all the
time and never frets over a $1200 ABS module or active suspension
component. Everybody makes near perfect products. That's the Mike.
Mike HXXXXX something I believe.
Still, glad you cleared up the confusion. Full disclosure is the best
I'm shocked that "you" were shocked! Did you just drop
the car off and say "fix it"? Did you get an estimate? Did you
ask them to diagnose it first and give you an idea of what
You gotta take control of your auto repairs. Otherwise, you
will probably continue to be "shocked".
Thanks for all the good responses.
I was told that the bill would be over $700 but when we paid
it was about $500. About $200 for labor and $300 for parts.
The blend door actuator was replaced.
Being a very old bugger I never cease to be shocked at
the cost of everything. Some brain cells are still set at
the 1950's prices.....gas at 18 cents a gallon, great houses
sold for $30,000. My new 1957 Plymouth Belvedere hardtop
convertible with fins cost $2500. (not $25,000)
Too bad we don't have a time machine.
Yes but you forgot that in 1957 $1.50 an hour was a good union wage, a Buick
cost $3,500 a bit more than the average annual income and a new car warranty
was only 30 days or 1,000 miles WOF. Today buyers expect the manufactures
to fix their vehicles for free forever. LOL
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