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Sailfish said:
:sosad: $1131 dollars poorer ...
Ouch, and that's only the fronts?!? Yikes. I haven't had to put struts on a car since my '93 Escort, and I did those myself. Gotta do my daughter's rear springs soon too. Every time I hear what people have to spend, I'm thankful I can work on my own.

Some of his part prices seem high, but then again I haven't been shopping for them lately. Mechanics usually make some of their money by marking up parts too. I wish they wouldn't do that, but that's the way it is.
 

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Perhaps they seem high but not as high as if a dealer had installed. The RR ABS sensor hub assembly I had replaced on the VUE my mechanic Ted charged me $256.00 where as Reichard wanted $516.00 for the same thing.

If you have the tools and the space to do your own work that is absolutely great. LOL I gave up working on my own vehicles back in the 70's. Yea I did oil changes/tune ups and some monkeying around with body work (rust). I got tired of trying to get the grease out from beneath my nails and into dresses and heels. :blob: ;)
 

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Funny thing is oil changes is the one thing I won't do. I can get it done for $40 or less, why should I mess with it? ;D
 

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Funny thing is oil changes is the one thing I won't do. I can get it done for $40 or less, why should I mess with it? ;D
HAHAHA! Agree! I have Ted my trusty mechanic take care of the oil changes and everything for the VUE and my husbands 350Z. The Enclave I will continue to take it to Reichard for oil changes (I provide the PP oil and AC PF63 filter) as long as it is under warranty. I do NOT want to have GM try and come back on me if there is a problem with the chains or some other issue. Not saying they would just doing a CMA, I am sure you know what I mean by that.

Last week the oil change at Reichard, including rotating tires, 21.89, again with my own oil and filter.
 

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HAHAHA! Agree! I have Ted my trusty mechanic take care of the oil changes and everything for the VUE and my husbands 350Z. The Enclave I will continue to take it to Reichard for oil changes (I provide the PP oil and AC PF63 filter) as long as it is under warranty. I do NOT want to have GM try and come back on me if there is a problem with the chains or some other issue. Not saying they would just doing a CMA, I am sure you know what I mean by that.

Last week the oil change at Reichard, including rotating tires, 21.89, again with my own oil and filter.
Would'nt you be pissed if you saw them using dealer bulk oil or something ::)
 

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Would'nt you be pissed if you saw them using dealer bulk oil or something ::)
Yep and Steve at Reichard knows better than that. I can look out into the service department and usually do when they have my Enclave up on the lift changing the oil.
 

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Yep and Steve at Reichard knows better than that. I can look out into the service department and usually do when they have my Enclave up on the lift changing the oil.
Good and you should!
 

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:tard: :mope: :puke:

Okay have to ask "how long does an exhaust system usually last"?

Taking the VUE back to Ted tomorrow as the exhaust needs replaced. I am afraid it may be the manifold pipe. Not sure but I thought I noticed the sound last fall but well my husband thinks it just showed up.

LOL at this because he didn't hear the other noises until I did when we were using the VUE when the Enclave was at Reichard, the **** seat rocking fiasco.

I wonder if he should get his hearing checked?
 

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Wow, I haven't replaced an exhaust on a car in over 15 years.

'88 Grand Caravan 185K, '93 Escort 184K, '99 Odyssey 203K and my current '05 Mazda3 104K all had or have their original exhausts. Only the Caravan was noisy at trade.
 

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Wow, I haven't replaced an exhaust on a car in over 15 years.

'88 Grand Caravan 185K, '93 Escort 184K, '99 Odyssey 203K and my current '05 Mazda3 104K all had or have their original exhausts. Only the Caravan was noisy at trade.
That is cool that you have not had that expense on your vehicles. We had to replace our exhaust (not the Catalytic Converter) last month. I was surprised when it was under $300.00. This was done on our 1995 GMC Sierra K1500 4WD truck. The truck has 148,000 miles on it and it was the original exhaust that was replaced.

I hope you have been doing well.

Michelle, GM Customer Service
 

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Wow, I haven't replaced an exhaust on a car in over 15 years.

'88 Grand Caravan 185K, '93 Escort 184K, '99 Odyssey 203K and my current '05 Mazda3 104K all had or have their original exhausts. Only the Caravan was noisy at trade.
I know I don't remember when the last time was I had to replace an exhaust system.
 

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That is cool that you have not had that expense on your vehicles. We had to replace our exhaust (not the Catalytic Converter) last month. I was surprised when it was under $300.00. This was done on our 1995 GMC Sierra K1500 4WD truck. The truck has 148,000 miles on it and it was the original exhaust that was replaced.

I hope you have been doing well.

Michelle, GM Customer Service
Hey Michelle! Doing great, so far that is. LOL!

I just can't believe all the "nickle and dime" stuff going on with the VUE. April 15th we will have owned this little car 9 years and except for the last few months, nothing except regular maintenance.

Oh well it was going to hit us sooner or later, but I was hoping the "sooner" would have been spread out a tad big longer in between repairs. :confused:
 

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well usually very long.
But Salty roads will diminish that.
Manifold you say?

Ive seen some manifolds crack.
if it is a manifold-- it may sound like a ticking sound- especially under pressure.
Or you may just need a manifold gasket to seal the leak.

Just a luck of the draw...

but do you know exactly which part is leaking?
 

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I do have some exhaust work in my future, my daughter's '98 Escort is a little flatulent. :p
 

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well usually very long.
But Salty roads will diminish that.
Manifold you say?

Ive seen some manifolds crack.
if it is a manifold-- it may sound like a ticking sound- especially under pressure.
Or you may just need a manifold gasket to seal the leak.

Just a luck of the draw...

but do you know exactly which part is leaking?
Won't know for sure until tomorrow when we are dropping it off at Ted's, my trusty mechanic of 17 years. Just have to wait until I hear from him on that.

I have not driven the VUE lately so can't determine where the sound specifically is coming from. Last time I was in the VUE the exhaust did sound a tad bit louder. Although now husband is saying it is much louder.
 

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I do have some exhaust work in my future, my daughter's '98 Escort is a little flatulent. :p
LOL!!!!! ;D
 

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yeah- could be a hole in the muffler- or a gasket leak on the manifold- or one of the 'donuts' where exhaust pipes meet...
Id bet its one of the donuts...
 

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Hey Michelle! Doing great, so far that is. LOL!

I just can't believe all the "nickle and dime" stuff going on with the VUE. April 15th we will have owned this little car 9 years and except for the last few months, nothing except regular maintenance.

Oh well it was going to hit us sooner or later, but I was hoping the "sooner" would have been spread out a tad big longer in between repairs. :confused:
Glad you are doing well.

Check this out… I post about the exhaust on my truck right?... My husband sends me a text about two hours ago. We need to have our Catalytic Converter and sensors replaced because we have an exhaust tick, fuel economy going down, loss of horse power and temp elevated… REALLY? Now? LOL

Michelle, GM Customer Service
 

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loss of power= plugged cat most likely.

elevated temp could be running rich--- which goes back to overheating and plugging the cat...

but you have to figure out why fuel is being dumped into the cats.....
 

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loss of power= plugged cat most likely.

elevated temp could be running rich--- which goes back to overheating and plugging the cat...

but you have to figure out why fuel is being dumped into the cats.....
Thanks, rbarrios!!!!

Hoping to be able to get it on a diagnostics computer after work tonight.

Thanks for listening to me.
 
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