You gave yourself half of the answer. I'd rather sell my car to the junk
yard that take it to a dealer for ANY kind of repairs. A dealer in LA
(where these prices are better than in NY) asked $300 only to take down
the gear box (for a clutch job) and 5 days waiting. For clutch set he
wanted $290. I had it done next day for $200! (with my parts) at a
puertorican shop. And he let me watch him while waiting. I just wanted
to be sure that he puts the new throw-out bearing. Never trust them. A
freaking clutch set is less than $50 plus the bearing, german parts!
Especially that you don't need any work right now, spend a saturday
driving around in Queens where it blends with Brooklyn. Look for any
small shop which has VW repairs advertised. Walk in the yard and ask for
the same quote all of them. I'd choose the one with the most VW's in his
yard, price/speed & "the looks" of the place, comes second.
This works only when you don't have a brand new car, under warr., like
in your case.
For front brakes the lowest price I've seen was $75, parts included. I
can do the job in less than 1/2 hour with air tools.
Remember, mechanics pay 20-40% less at the same part store you would buy
them, and they know where to get the lowest price.
Check first on Queens Blvd., but don't go to Jamaica!
Best investment buy a Bentley, even if you don't plan to do your own
BTW Potamkin is the shark of the sharks in NY. They say "because they're
so big they can give you the lowest price" BS!BS!BS! Stay away !
Sooner or later you will need a part which only dealers stock or can
order. Call dealers around, - parts dept. and ask for price. If they
have to special order it for you, remember: no extra charge for that.
Duke Ionescu wrote:
> I want to take my '00 B5 to a mechanic or dealer that won't rip me off.
> I'm basically looking for someone who is knowledgeable, in depth, about
> VW's (especially the 1.8T engine) and who is also honest. I don't need
> any major work now, but I want to have a qualified person check the car
> as I just bought it, and I am a firm believer in preventive
> maintenance. I don't have a problem driving it to NJ or CT, as long as
> they can perform the service while I wait (as I have no other way of
> getting home ;)
> The reason I'm not just taking it to any dealer "listed in the book" is
> this: my front brake pads need to be replaced. I called Potamkin
> Volkswagen of Manhattan, NYC and, once transferred to their service
> department, I asked for a quote to "have the front brake pads replaced."
> Woman said "please hold," and after a couple of minutes came back and
> said "between $537 and $550." At this point I wanted to scream, instead
> I just said "thanks" and hung up. I'd rather throw my car off a bridge
> than give these thieves any business, ever. I then called Koepell VW of
> Long Island City (Queens), NYC. They quoted me $90 labor and $75 for
> the parts (front pads). This seems reasonable, considering it's the
> dealer itself. So I said "great, can I bring it in today?" The date
> was Nov. 2nd. They said "sorry, the earliest we can fit you in is the
> 18th." So once again, I said "thanks" and I hung up.
> Thanks for reading, I hope you can help me. I can get the brake pads
> installed by almost any mechanic, but I will want someone to go over the
> car with a fine-toothed comb and that someone needs to be an expert in
> the ways of the B5 and 1.8T.