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    Thread: How much should it cost to replace oxygen sensor?

    1. 08-21-2006 01:38 PM #1
      About a month ago I took my 2001 GTI to the dealer for the egg smell and check engine light. $430 later they said a spark plug wire had been arching and needed repair.

      Over the weekend, got the check engine light and the egg smell again. Took it in this morning. While they are not charging me for the diagnostics, they are charging me $190 to repair a DIFFERENT spark plug wire and $505 to replace the O2 sensor!

      First, how could they not check all of the other spark plug wires a month ago? Second, does it make sense that the 02 sensor being bad would cause the problems. From what I've read here, it could be the cat converter?

      Advice greately appreciated.


    2. 08-21-2006 01:39 PM #2
      1.8T? depends on the 02 sensor.
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    3. 08-21-2006 01:48 PM #3
      2001 GTI GLX.

    4. 08-21-2006 01:50 PM #4
      Oh, and the car has approximately 55,000 miles. Mostly city driving.

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      08-21-2006 01:57 PM #5
      so vr6?

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      08-21-2006 01:58 PM #6
      they also would have replaced all the spark plug wires as i dont think you can buy them in singles...

    7. 08-21-2006 02:00 PM #7
      Interesting. The service guy told me that since each spark plus is singular they each have their own wire. Last time, it was spark plug 4 that had a bad wire and this time it is spark plug 3. I just wonder why they would not have checked all of them when they were under the hood the last time.

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      08-21-2006 02:00 PM #8
      I've also heard that the rotten egg smell is usually related to the cat being bad... $505 sounds like a bit much for an 02 sensor... 55k, no warranty?

    9. 08-21-2006 02:01 PM #9
      good lord dude... 02 sensors are 50 bucks each and a set of plug wires run anywhere from 40-120$.

    10. 08-21-2006 02:02 PM #10
      how long do you think it would take to replace?

    11. 08-21-2006 02:02 PM #11
      and the sulfur smell you smell means the car is running too rich. Could be from a bad sensor telling the car to burn mor gas than air but it could also mean a dead cat.

      Dead cat's are under GOVERNMENT WARRANTY up till 80k.


    12. 08-21-2006 02:03 PM #12
      sadly, i did not purchase an extended warranty. my warranty was for 2 years or 24k miles

    13. 08-21-2006 02:03 PM #13
      replacing an 02 sensor is pretty much unscrewing a sparkplug-ish connection with an open eneded wrench and unplugging a wire harness connection and then replacing in reverse.

      I did it myself on my 2000 VR in under 15 minutes.

      Go to http://www.ecstuning.com for new o2 sensors for cheap.


    14. 08-21-2006 02:08 PM #14
      Yes, sorry, it is a VR6

    15. 08-21-2006 02:37 PM #15
      your getting raped. cant you get under the hood and check the wires?

    16. 08-21-2006 03:01 PM #16
      sadly, i am completely car ignorant. i know enough to feel that i am getting taken for a ride, but not enough to explain to the service guy.

    17. 08-21-2006 03:03 PM #17
      1. buy 02 sensors
      2. go to dealer
      3. tell him to install the sensor at .5 hours of labor
      4. pay bill
      5. kick him in the nuts

    18. 08-21-2006 03:22 PM #18
      i second step 5

    19. 08-21-2006 03:42 PM #19
      VW just called and said the part was $220.80 and that labor was $270something. They said they have to take off the whole exhaust to replace the part?

      I looked at the DIY section on this form and it did not look like the whole exhaust came off?

      Help?!


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      08-21-2006 03:59 PM #20
      the bottom line, is that we can only do some much to help you from here, the Internet.

      the DIY's are usually written very well, and are easy to understand from a "shade-tree" mechanics point of view.

      if you are still at a loss, then maybe you need to suck it up and pay someone else to do the work...whether it be the Dealer or a trusted VW Independent.....knowledge and ability DOES have a worth; and that is how these people make their living/lively-hood.

      don't knock them for YOUR inadequacies.


    21. 08-21-2006 04:02 PM #21
      Quote, originally posted by djlray17 »
      VW just called and said the part was $220.80 and that labor was $270something. They said they have to take off the whole exhaust to replace the part?

      I looked at the DIY section on this form and it did not look like the whole exhaust came off?

      Help?!

      Yeah, what larry said BUT, just know they are bending you over backwards. 220 for an 02 sensor is ****ing crazy crazy overpriced.


    22. 08-21-2006 04:06 PM #22
      You are being taken to the cleaners. Can you find another local VW service place? You don't necessarily have to go to the dealership. There must be plenty of VW mechanics around your area. Look in the phone book.

    23. 08-21-2006 04:09 PM #23
      larry, i didn't realize i was knocking them - just trying to gain insight and turned to the most knowledgable group i could think of regarding VWs on the internet.

      i am sucking it up and paying someone else for my inadequacies, but thank you for shining your enlightenment upon me and making me realize i'm nothing more than a complaining baby. because of your fund of wisdom, i've learned that i should always trust those that we pay for service because this is how they make their living.


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      08-21-2006 04:13 PM #24
      Quote, originally posted by djlray17 »
      larry, i didn't realize i was knocking them - just trying to gain insight and turned to the most knowledgable group i could think of regarding VWs on the internet.

      i am sucking it up and paying someone else for my inadequacies, but thank you for shining your enlightenment upon me and making me realize i'm nothing more than a complaining baby. because of your fund of wisdom, i've learned that i should always trust those that we pay for service because this is how they make their living.

      I am not trying to enlighten anyone...it's just that I am tired of seeing threads where others bash those that make their living working on cars....including but not limited dealer techs....there are good and bad everywhere, and if you are not willing to ask a question, then you will never learn.

      your questions are very valid, but not necessarily well thought out. I am not knocking you here either. Sometimes it's easier to just ask, then to go and research, then ask an informed question.

      my hope is that I have enticed you into taking some time to learn for yourself, rather than let someone just blurt out an answer with no knowledge behind it.


    25. 08-21-2006 04:45 PM #25
      thanks, larry. i did try to engage the tech in a conversation and asked what i thought were appropriate questions. i do respect my mechanics and do understand that this is their living. i was feeling frustrated because it would seem to me that they would have checked all of the other spark plug wires when they were under there last month. when the tech responded to me with, "well, you need to understand that each spark plug is a separate unit with a separate wire. we don't check each wire when only one fails." hearing that just made me feel a little dumb because from my perspective it seems so obvious.

      it is also frustrating to me when i read that many people here commong experiences, which lead me to believe it may be the cat convertor beginning to blow and the VW tech says, "oh no. it can't be that." again, i freely admit that it is my own ignorance that leads me to this place!


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      08-21-2006 04:50 PM #26
      the one thing I can tell you from what you have posted....having been a factory Tech, I NEVER changed just 1 ignition wire, without 1st letting the customer know they should be changed as a set, not individually...that way the owner knows that the set should be replaced, but it's their choice based upon cost; becuase this is the end result....a second trip for the same/similar issue. which usually ends up with a mad customer.


    27. 08-21-2006 04:59 PM #27
      Quote, originally posted by djlray17 »
      ...hearing that just made me feel a little dumb because from my perspective it seems so obvious.

      dont call yourself dumb. You are paying top dollar for service and should expect high quality work in return. Its common sense if one wire is bad, then the others may be in the same state. They should have definitely check the other wires.


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      08-21-2006 05:18 PM #28
      Someone earlier posted regarding a GOVERNMENT warranty.

      If it is the CAT, it is covered by the emissions warranty which is 7 years/80,000 miles. I thought O2 sensors and MAF's were covered under the emissions warranty but that may depend on model year.

      I would defintiely take your car elsewhere for a second opinion.


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      08-21-2006 05:31 PM #29
      I have an '01 VR6 and had to replace a bad 02 sensor and was told that it would be under warranty until the car reached 70,000 miles so if I were you, I would either call up VW of America on this one or take it to another dealership and see what they say. Either way, best of luck to you.

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