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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 10:55 AM
They stopped in Brunswick to visit our nephew on the way back from FL and the car conked out as they tried to leave. They spent the night at a motel and got it towed in to the Chevy dealer this morning. Turns out the fuel pump went out. Repairs will be in the $1200 neighborhood. Damn....so much for budget vacations and paid for cars.

[Edited on 7/30/2008 by BigDaveOnBass]

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 10:59 AM
Between that and the plumbing, you guys are due for a break!
 
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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 11:05 AM
Dave that sucks big time. Sorry this happened. Car problems suck.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 11:06 AM
Let me re-phrase that, anything you HAVE to spend money on sucks.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 11:08 AM
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... anything you HAVE to spend money on sucks.


Does that include dates?

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 11:17 AM
That sure sucks, Dave. That's why I hate cars - you either have payments, or have to pay huge repair bills if they are paid off. No winning.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 11:18 AM
Wow, hate to hear that. Nothing is done at a good price anymore. At least they are safe and off the road.
 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 11:22 AM
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... anything you HAVE to spend money on sucks.


Does that include dates?




Thats on the "want" list

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 11:24 AM
That sucks!

I hate to love cars, or love to hate cars.

We've got a 2000 Windstar with 167K miles on it - whenever my wife calls home when she's out I get nervous that it's gonna be because the car broke down....

 
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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 11:30 AM
That sucks ... I just paid $1000 for fuel pump on my Chev. pickup
and thought that seemed high. Is truly always something.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 11:34 AM
I had the same thing happen to me driving from Charlotte to Nashville 4 years ago, costing me around $1300. It can sure take the wind out of your sails!
 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 11:40 AM
$1200 fuel pump????!!!!???? Probably it is IN the gas tank, but still, drop a tank, put a pump in $1200..... yikes.

I can change a classic Pontiac fuel pump (on the engine block) in one hour max and way under $100 in parts. Technology has vastly improved our lives, see how far we came since 1960? About $1100 worth of better, eh?

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 11:41 AM
What? $1200 for a fuel pump? That's ridiculous. How much is the part? The only thing about the install is that it is in the tank and you have to lower the tank. If it is near full, some fuel has to be drained. Put out the cigarette. Go buy a Ford.

'97 F-150, 280k+, valve covers never been off.

'05 Mustang GT, Saleen Supercharger, 9.5 lbs. boost, 450-480 hp at the wheels. Better than a date that sucks.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 11:51 AM
Its a good thing your richhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 11:56 AM
WAS rich, right Dave?

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 12:11 PM
I just paid $1200 for a fuel pump.

got the rest of the car with it. just a little bonus.

that sucks though, breaking down far from home.

I usually rent a car when i have a long drive.



 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 12:18 PM
Ahhhh Dave that stinks....just a question did you mean Damn......my wife's car broke down? or my Damn wife's car broke down!! Best of luck brother I feel for you.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 12:21 PM
Bummer Dave! I had a transmission go out on I-70 outside of Lymon Colorado heading back from a camping trip in the San Juans. Getting off the interstate and driving frontage roads back to Lymon at 10 miles an hour with no transmission and cars honking...not fun. Then trying to find a place to replace the tranny in such a small town not to mention time spent to ship parts, cost of repars and additional week of lodging (thank God we had our tents!). I sympathize with you and your wife. And agree - seems there is no budget method of doing things where cars are involved.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 12:27 PM
I bet the transmission wasn't cheap, either. With everything electronically contolled these days, with 6-speed auto trannies, you have to hope it is under warranty, because the techs have to be rocket scientists to repair them.

A lot diiferent from just dropping it on a jack and removing the bell housing.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 12:35 PM
So often the killer on auto repair is the labor to remove
a huge assortment of peripheral parts, etc. that are in
the way of getting to the problem. For instance, a head
gasket kit is relatively inexpensive ... but it involves hours
of time to remove all sorts of stuff to get to the heads...
and that's if you know what you are doing and are practiced
at it. Shop labor rates are pretty stiff .. and the $ mount up
fast. Throw in a tow truck charge and you be singing the
blues.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 12:38 PM
dave so sorry to hear this! the same thing happened to me while in disney three years ago only it was my transmission on a two year old toyota which had just been serviced (obviously someone did something wrong).

long story short, it was a holiday weekend, everything up here was closed and school was starting in two days and we were 1100 miles from home. faced with the not so great choices, we ended up trading in the van and buying a new one to drive home in....only 37 more payments left!

i hope it all works out for you....

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 12:39 PM
Yeah, for example, had to have a heater core for the F-150. Part was something like $25, but when all was said and done, I was out close to $500. Had to remove the dash, purge the a/c, reinstall all the stuff and recharge the a/c.

But, at the same time, it was not a repair that I wanted to perform on my own.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 12:40 PM
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I bet the transmission wasn't cheap, either. With everything electronically contolled these days, with 6-speed auto trannies, you have to hope it is under warranty, because the techs have to be rocket scientists to repair them.

A lot diiferent from just dropping it on a jack and removing the bell housing.
It wasn't. Was my sister's car and they gave her one quote then ended up ordering the wrong parts, parts were shipped to wrong place, one thing after the other. When they gave her the final bill it was for an additional $800 than original quote - she started crying and I had a hissy fit at the dealership doing repairs (must have been the 6 days spent in the hot Lymon sun - flatlands and no trees in eastern part of state - because I had all I could take from these guys by this time). We did end up walking out for price originally quoted, though... You are really at the mercy of others when you're far from home and things fall apart!

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 12:48 PM
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$1200 fuel pump????!!!!???? Probably it is IN the gas tank, but still, drop a tank, put a pump in $1200..... yikes.

I can change a classic Pontiac fuel pump (on the engine block) in one hour max and way under $100 in parts. Technology has vastly improved our lives, see how far we came since 1960? About $1100 worth of better, eh?
Yep Tony, it's in the tank. I had a few people suggest that they had a friend who was a mechanic, etc., and I'm like, I don't want them to spend half a day trying to figure out what's wrong with it, then not have time to fix it or the parts stores close up and my family has to spend another night away from home. I knew the Chevrolet dealership would hook up the diagnostic computer and figure it out right away. And it's a good thing, too. After they towed it in, it fired up and ran normally. Then, after it got to operating temperature, that's when the fuel pump dropped from 60 psi normal operating pressure to 30 psi and quit running again.

And I grumbled to my wife about the good old days of mechanical fuel pumps that cost next to nothing and were easy to install. Oh, well. It's a 2001 Tahoe we bought new in Jan. '01 and it has 130K miles on it. This is the first time to my recollection that it has let us down. I just want my family home.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 12:50 PM

It wasn't. Was my sister's car and they gave her one quote then ended up ordering the wrong parts, parts were shipped to wrong place, one thing after the other. When they gave her the final bill it was for an additional $800 than original quote - she started crying and I had a hissy fit at the dealership doing repairs (must have been the 6 days spent in the hot Lymon sun - flatlands and no trees in eastern part of state - because I had all I could take from these guys by this time). We did end up walking out for price originally quoted, though... You are really at the mercy of others when you're far from home and things fall apart!


I hate to say it, but sometimes mechanics will take advantage when 1.) like you said, you are far from home and most regretably 2.) you are female. Congratulations on getting out of there with the original quoted price.

Crying is not an acceptable negotiating tool, though. That's pretty much all it takes for me to fold. Just not fair.

[Edited on 7/30/2008 by alanwoods]

 

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