That sounds very expensive. I mean all they do is remove the manual trans
axle which with experienced mechanics should be no more than 3hrs. Over here
(Oz) hourly rate is about $70 maximum,..so with one guy doing 2 hrs on his
own and a 2nd guy to help for an hour you still only get $280 to pull it out
and $280 to re-install,..thats $560 total labor and thats on the high side
IMO. The actual clutch kit includes: a pressure-plate, a clutch-plate and a
new release bearing. Genuine Toyota may cost $440,..but you should get a
good name kit for less than $250.
Ask around friends, neighbors, etc for a reputable mechanic shop who value
their customers. People are usually willing to tell which ones they have
found are good or not.
About $600 in my area, even at the dealer. A little more concerned that
117K seems a bit early. I've never replaced one and both my Toys have
better than 220K on five-speed manuals -- One hydraulic system, the
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