Re: am I being ripped off?
On Wed, 04 Jan 2006 01:55:13 GMT, "Mister Sensitive"
>My '99 V70 wagon has been through what seems to be a number of high ticket
>maintenance/repairs. I do drive the heck out of it -- it's now at @110K
>miles. The latest news from my mechanic is that I need a new oxygen sensor
>which is estimated to cost @$340 incl.labor. (Diagnosis follows repeated
>"Check Engine" warnings.)I am averaging @$200-300 every other month with
>various service repsir charges.
>Also noted on my account on an ongoing basis is the need to fix my
>(apparently) broken upper engine mount and a "noisy sway bar link."
>Hate to be paranoid. Also hate to be clueless/easily-taken-advantage-of car
>Thanks for any/all input!
Hello Lady Boo:
You don't mention where you live but it seems as if it may be the US.
$340 seems a bit high to me for replacement of an oxygen sensor--but
then again, I do most of my own work and have the true luxury of
having a friend who builds race cars and lets me use his facilities in
a nice heated shop with a lift.
That said, o2 sensors can at times be a real bear to
remove--especially in the Northeast US where rust is an issue.
I took one out last week and on a lift it took me about 5 minutes with
the correct tool. A few days later I did another and it took me over
Bottom line is I don't think you are being screwed on the labor
aspect--but the part can certainly be had for no more than $180 US--or
perhaps as little as $ 100.
Still...if you had this done by a competent shop and they used an OEM
Volvo sensor they had to buy and go collect from the dealer, the
price does sound within reason.
Just be grateful your vehicle is not a Toyota Sienna van. I have one
that was given to me and at 54K it needed nearly $600 worth of sensors
and a new $500 steering rack. Total cost to get it to pass inspection
was $2,050 and change.
If you think Volvo parts are expensive just start buying Toyota parts
that are OEM and a dealer item only.
Good Luck and keep us posted!