It is currently Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:23 pm

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 3 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:54 pm 
Offline
LE Member

Joined: Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:17 pm
Posts: 2
Location: Creston Iowa
Year and Trim: 2000 Pontiac Bonneville ssei supercharged
Hello, I'm new to this so please bare with me as I learn the ropes of this fantastic site. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of also. I own a 00 Bonneville ssei supercharged with just under 160K. Tues it is scheduled to go have rack n pinion & struts fixed. Along with alignment as well . Mechanic quoted me $1276.28 for repairs. Everyone keeps telling me this seems awfully high priced. I've done some quotes online and I think it's average for my area. What do u all think? I I've in southwest Iowa if that helps. Thank you I appreciate any input.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:28 pm 
Offline
Certified Bonneville Nut
Certified Bonneville Nut
User avatar

Joined: Wed May 13, 2009 10:45 pm
Posts: 5449
Location: CHICAGO
Year and Trim: 2006 Cadillac STS-V, 2004 Pontiac GTO
Just going based on what you've posted, I'm "presuming" that when you say "fixing" you mean replacing.

As such, I just went and priced out AC Delco parts at RockAuto. Could you get others cheaper, yes. Could you get more expensive, yes. But just to keep it GM;

Struts = $62 each. x 2 = $124
Strut mount (you're gonna most likely want to replace these) = $51/each. x2 = $102
Rack and pinion = $238

So just in parts alone, you're around $500. Give or take a little dependent on parts used, or other ancillary parts I'm not factoring in.

Then there is labor. There is R&R the struts, ans then swapping the springs over to the new struts. Then there is the rack itself, which has a bit of labor too. Figure labor rates could hover between $80/hr - $125/hr as a safe ballpark. I would figure at least 3 hours for a shop. Maybe upwords of 5 if stuff doesn't go right. After all, it is an ~18 year old car...

So you're looking at $240 (3 x $80) - $375 (3 x $125) based on that hourly window for a 3 hour job. $400 (5 x $80) - $625 (5 x 125) for a 5 hour job.

So low side, 3 hours @ $80/hr is $240 for labor, plus $500 in parts, you're at $740. On the high side, 5 hours @ $125/hr is $625 for labor, plus $500 for parts, you're at $1,125.

These aren't numbers set in stone, just trying to do a back side of a napkin rough calc. He's probably not buying his parts from Rock Auto. Most likely Napa or elsewhere, which is more expensive driving up the parts side of the equation. But I doubt he's charging that many hours of labor at $125. So there is some play.

_________________
Image

Retired Bonneville Owner and former GM Tech:
2004 Pontiac Bonneville GXP: Black/Ebony *SOLD*

Summer Toys: Combined 827 RWHP / 877lb/ft RWTQ
2004 Pontiac GTO: Impulse Blue Metallic/Black/M6: lots 'o mods, 415 RWHP / 405lb/ft RWTQ!
2006 Cadillac STS-V: Light Platinum Metallic/Light Gray/A6 - Spectre CAI, Magnaflow exhaust, Speed Inc. tune, 412 RWHP / 472lb/ft RWTQ

Daily Drivers:
2015 Chrysler Town & Country Limited Platinum: Mommy's NEW RGC
2007 Chrysler Town & Country Limited: Daddy's beater affectionately called the Rolling Garbage Can or "RGC" for short
2009 Chevrolet Impala SS: LS4 V8, Victory Red
1999 Chevrolet Suburban: Sunset Gold Metallic - Daddy's winter beater and plow truck


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:48 pm 
Offline
Posts like an LN3
Posts like an LN3
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:15 am
Posts: 510
Location: Isanti, MN
Year and Trim: 2000 SLE Saved from the scrapyard.
Not to mention you are going to be throwing in a front end alignment most likely due to the strut replacement...that's an additional $60....I agree that the estimate for a good shop is reasonable. Rack and pinions aren't exactly the easiest thing to do, and strut bolts can be stubborn.

However, you could easily have the same work done by a cheaper mechanic and likely not have much for problems. A home mechanic with the right set up can tackle this job and ship you off to get an alignment done cheaper, but he doesn't come with much of a warranty on his work. Part of the cost is peace of mind.

_________________
A temporary fix does not exist. It becomes a solution until it needs to be fixed again.
Image
https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipOYkkevV0gKTHc_8Cstuy8yS1Qyx6SiIKeTzuHy


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 3 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Related topics
 Topics   Author   Replies   Views   Last post 
There are no new unread posts for this topic. LIM gasket repairs

JMH1950

9

787

Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:31 am

Bugsi View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. More Chicken repairs

myfirstbonnie

13

802

Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:06 pm

Sirius View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. The price of stopping

putertopia

2

914

Sat Jun 14, 2008 9:43 am

putertopia View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Is this a good price?

TenGHz

4

781

Sat Jul 26, 2008 12:18 am

TenGHz View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Good Price?

Ragsdale

2

582

Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:02 pm

JMH1950 View the latest post

 


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group


phpBB SEO