More than you can afford, pal. Volkswagen Golf 3 2.0 needed a fresh tranny and the radiator was starting to lose coolant pretty fast. Was a good hunk of cash.
I realize this can be broken up into cosmetic/mechanical and warranty/out of pocket. So I guess we can share from all different perspectives of repair that we've had. Feel free to share about awesomely cheap repairs that you've made work as well.
I forgot to check the brakes on my truck and they wore down to metal on metal costing a good $160 for all new rotors and pads. -__-
Oh and my Dad ponied up something like $500 IIRC for a water cooled BMW X5 alternator.
I'll be in my bunk.
this is not the most expensive but the most i got ripped off. i think it was like $350 to install a serpentine belt and tensioner in a b5 a4 in the middle of nowhere in new mexico. i overnight shipped the parts myself because they couldnt get a tensioner in the whole city. the guy said he use to work at audi in california and quoted me 4-5 hours to do the job. i later found out it only takes like 30 mins to do the job when i was getting my timing belt done.
2003 20AE GTI
Trans rebuild after third gear fork broke-$100
New/rebuilt Pass. side hub and axle-FREE
New Positive Cable from battery to fuse box-FREE
New E Brake Boot off of Mexican GLI-FREE
Wow I thought I was spending a lot of money haha. I love having friends who have stashes of parts and are willing to help me out anyway they can.
Forgot about my Dodge Shadow.
Used trans out of Daytona-$90
New water pump-$65 I think
Machining on water pump housing-$75
New plugs and wires-$75
New air filter-$45
There has to be more but I had the car for over 4 years and didn't drive it for almost two so I can't remember everything.
Last edited by r2kool4u; 05-07-2012 at 02:33 AM.
20th GTI #3955
My "Build" Thread
When I was 17, I thought it'd be super badass to do a giant burnout in my first 20th GTI, on my way to get new tires.
I, at some point, had figured out that doing it in 2nd gear would prevent the car from creeping forward while the e-brake was yanked.
I did a massive like 30 second burnout. Called it quits. Clutch pedal went to the floor when I decided to leave and get my new tires put on.
Clutch, flywheel, throwout bearing, pressure plate.
Yeahhhhhhhh go me. Somewhere right under $2k. Car had like 46k on it or something. This might be the first time I've ever admitted to it online, hahah.
past affairs - '05 s4 6mt, '03 20th gti (x2), '04 tt 3.2l dsg, '07 wrx, '05 sti, '07 & '08 gsx-r600s
~$14,000 on my Passat, when an elderly lady-handled my parked car via acute pedal-confusion, managing to pin-ball it into several other parked cars, and damaging all four sides, all lights, two doors and the hatch, and pulverizing the catalytic converter, among other damage. Of course, I did not have to pay.
No, it did not have any "frame" damage, and yes, her Buick was totaled.
Eight years later, car still drives perfectly fine (take that, 'it will never drive the same'-sayers!) - except the front passenger door is a bit on the saggy side and will need re-adjustment.
$700 for new radiator + install + a few other things that needed fixing/replacing on the Volvo. I try to do repairs myself, but i didn't have the space to pull the radiator at the time.
Last edited by A.Wilder; 05-07-2012 at 07:00 AM.
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
$1000 when someone ramed the trailer hitch of their SUV through the front grill of my old MK2 when it was parked at a community college parking lot. When I came back the hood was buckled, grill and headlights destroyed and somehow the tranny parking pin had sheared and took the rest of the gears out with it so it needed a new tranny.
"It would take a cross-wired star trek replicator, if not an act of God, to make a left-hand-drive Skyline GT-R for the U.S." - Don Schroeder
In order to fix Honda's hybrid reprogramming, I sold the HCH2 and bought the Prius
"The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views...which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering."
- Doctor Who (Fourth Doctor) "Face of Evil"
In all this time, all I see is idiots who replicate 'Oh, can't ever be the same' without actual experience. My experience is 5 plus decades, and all I am saying is that if properly done, there is absolutely nothing to worry about.
HPFP ( x2 ) and Injectors for my 335i - Fixed free under warranty. I estimate it would be around $2K in labor and parts.
The most expensive repair that I had to pay for after warranty was 1 injector and decoupling element which cost me $130. I did it myself, including the programming for the new injector.
The rest $10K is in mods.
2 years ago driving up 95 just south of Brunswick a kamikaze pig ran out in front of my rx8. Gift wrapped the radiator/condenser over the engine, exploded all the front plastic. Ruptured the fuel tank and and removed the catalytic convertor and muffler on the way out the back. Cosmetically only the lower front air dam was cracked. Car was in the shop for 5 months. I got a new everything under the car but the transmission. Over $9800 in parts and a ridiculous amount of labor. Car would have been totaled but insurance had $6k in parts on it already before the engine got replaced. It was cheaper to finish.
I had an '89 new yorker when I was 18, something the trans went.
I got a quote for $3200 to have it fixed, I had paid $900 for it.
Drove that thing for 3 more weeks, topping out at 42mph in 1st gear, then purple heart'd it.
98 wrangler build