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Old 28 Jun 2009, 10:54 am
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What a rip off....I'm glad I looked into this.

Stealership - (key)$129.00 + (programming labor)$90.00 = $219.00
$235.00 inc. tax

Locksmith - (key including programming) = $35.00
$37.50 inc. tax

Programming took less then five minutes and the dealership charges you an hour!!! Are there any good service deals at stealerships, I guess not. I called two stealerships and got prices within a few bucks of each other. I told a story on here before about how upgrading my plugs could void the warranty and cause poor performance now I'm told by the dealer that a locksmith can't make this key becuase only THEY can program it. And better yet one dealer wants to charge a one hour diagnostic fee of 90.00 and the other 50.00 fee if the programming doesn't work.
They list the following on a board behind the service desk.
rotate tires - 49.99
rotate and balance tires - 119.00
auto trans service - 299.00 (got mine done for 85.00 inc. tax)
a/c service - 179.99 (R34 is only 10 bucks a can and the most you'll need is two plus a 15.00 gauge)

What a crime to charge such outrageous prices. We all need to be smarter consumers and shop around for better deals and quality service. A stealership is always my very last resort if it is not a warranty item.
Please share your scam stories.

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Old 28 Jun 2009, 02:09 pm
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1994 Camaro running rough...

Stealership = "Your head gasket is blown, that'll be $2100."
Reputable mechanic = "It's minor... vacuum lines, etc... Your head gasket is fine. $250."

Car ran great from then on for the last 35k miles or so that I owned it.

This car won't be going anywhere near a Chrysler dealer unless I need to order some special parts or something...
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Old 28 Jun 2009, 03:16 pm
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Speaking of Camaros...I had and '84 Camaro back in my young n' dumb days. One night while on a date my foot hit something under the dash while in the passenger seat. (you know what's going on here!) When we leave I hit a bump on the dirt road pretty hard and my CEL lit up. I drove my date home and noticed poor performance and I was getting only 8mpg for a couple of weeks. I finally dropped her off at the stealership who called me later and said there diagnosic machine said I needed a new carb, wiring harness, etc..bill= $600.00. Being a poor college student my rule was if any repair were over $100.00 I'd drive her to my cousin's repair shop 50 miles away and he would look my car over. So off I went to couz's place and a few minutes later he comes back, tosses me the keys and says "there you go dummy, the connection to your computer was disconnected". He then told me that they knew the problem because they left the connection unhooked after they ran the diagnositc looking to make a few bucks off a young kid. I went back and gave them HECK right in front of customers in thier service area. The service rep was stunned and when I asked him why they didn't reconnect my computer after the diagnostics were ran he was speechless. Drove her for another 2 yrs and never had any carb or wiring issues.

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Old 28 Jun 2009, 03:21 pm
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That's what the back seats are for..
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Old 28 Jun 2009, 09:35 pm
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You ever been in the back seat of a Camaro???????
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Old 28 Jun 2009, 10:12 pm
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Lol, my bad, I was...getting carried away...with thoughts...back seat...
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Old 29 Jun 2009, 07:10 am
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You ever been in the back seat of a Camaro???????
Plenty of head room in the PT.
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Old 29 Jun 2009, 07:31 pm
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And the front seats recline too. In the PT
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Old 09 Jul 2009, 10:04 pm
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My supervisor has a 1996 Dodge Caravan with a bazillion miles on it. Last year, the air conditioning quit producing cold air. It just blew warm. Correction, hot. This guy is technically very savvy, and now has work done on his cars by someone else to save time and because he unexpectedly got old. Some local independent shops, one a very good AC specialist, diagnosed it as a bad compressor. Quotes at the independent shops were $1500 to $2500 depending on how badly the compressor had "grenaded" and filled the system with shards. (This can really happen.)

At my suggestion, he ended up taking it to a large CJD dealer in Phoenix, in business since 1927. The service writer listened to his description. She (yes, the service writer is a "she") said that they prefer to diagnose first and then repair, and that she'd call back later. It needed a new orifice valve, $80 installed. The dealer *could* have replaced the compressor also and my supervisor would have happily paid the price. But they did not, because the compressor was OK.
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