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Old 11-01-05, 11:40 AM
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$450 for a new starter.... ugh

so my car (99 Infiniti G20t) dies last night in a parking lot.. i get towed to a garage and now they tell me I need a new starter... $450 which includes parts and labor.... what a pain in the ass.. i'm sure i'm getting ripped off
Old 11-01-05, 12:03 PM
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That really bites. But at least it's only $450 for a new starter and not something more serious and expensive.
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They don't have a rebuilt one?
Old 11-01-05, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by zuffy
They don't have a rebuilt one?

didn't ask... i'm just afraid this is the start of a lot more work
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A rebuilt one will cost 1/4 - 1/3 of a new one. Also, labor should not be much since replacing a starter takes less than 30 minutes.
Old 11-01-05, 12:21 PM
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they said they were using a rebuilt one... just found out i get a 10% discount on labor because of where i work
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$450? Child's play!!

I had my starter replaced and a shifting problem fixed during the summer. Price tag: $2800.00

My OOP expense: $0 (all under warranty)
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Originally Posted by Chew
$450? Child's play!!

I had my starter replaced and a shifting problem fixed during the summer. Price tag: $2800.00

My OOP expense: $0 (all under warranty)

well, i'm still a bigger loser since mine is OOP... so there
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Originally Posted by j123vt_99
well, i'm still a bigger loser since mine is OOP... so there
You win.
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Maybe it's time to buy a new car? Would it be cheaper in the long run??
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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
Maybe it's time to buy a new car? Would it be cheaper in the long run??

debating that now.. it's a 99 infiniti.. only has 60k miles. the interior is in near perfect shape.. the outside is in real good condition.
Old 11-01-05, 01:39 PM
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Get a starter from a junkyard and have a non-factory mechanic install it for you.

Total cost would probably be under $200

Plenty of online junkyards with low mileage parts and most will offer a warranty (starters are easy to test once they are off the car).

After all, you currently have all used parts on your car now
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Originally Posted by zuffy
A rebuilt one will cost 1/4 - 1/3 of a new one. Also, labor should not be much since replacing a starter takes less than 30 minutes.
Not on my car. I replaced mine. You have to remove the battery, battery box. all supports for said box. THEN and only then can you get the final bolt out.

Oh and doesn't matter if it takes 30 min or a hour. He'll still get charged by the hour :P

F'ing mechanics.
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Originally Posted by kantonburg
Not on my car. I replaced mine. You have to remove the battery, battery box. all supports for said box. THEN and only then can you get the final bolt out.

Oh and doesn't matter if it takes 30 min or a hour. He'll still get charged by the hour :P

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What kind of car you have again?
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Sounds more like a faulty Johnson Rod to me.
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back in the mid 1990's i used to have a 1992 Pontiac Firebird and the starter died. Luckily I had a warranty from GE. It's pretty quick to replace it, but mechanics charge by the amount of time it says a task takes in their book. I think it says that a starter is 2-3 hours to replace, so you will get charged for that amount of labor even if it takes 30 minutes.
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Originally Posted by zuffy
What kind of car you have again?
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My '99 Taurus (125k miles) is still on it's original starter. I've been saying I should just change it now, under my terms, but haven't gotten to it yet.
I will do the starter myself as it is fairly accessible, as long as I can get under the car.
My wife's Stratus is a pain to work on. It's and E-W engine mount, and I couldn't even see the bolts on her starter.

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