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Old 09-21-2022, 02:56 PM   #11 (permalink)
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How much of that stuff needs to be done though?

Does the axle have unacceptable play, or does it merely have a torn boot? How did they determine the need for transmission flush, or coolant? What was the reason given for spark plugs? Why does the PS lines need replacement? I'd only ever do so if there was a leak, and that would be obvious.

How did they determine the FI need service? I've never had to fiddle with FI in any vehicle ever, mine or otherwise (not that FI service is never needed).

Does the AC perform acceptably? If so, why does that need service?

I'd never accept a list of what various services cost if I'm paying for an inspection. I expect a report on the condition of the vehicle. Like going to the doctor and him telling you how much a heart valve replacement costs with no explanation at all.

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Old 09-21-2022, 03:42 PM   #12 (permalink)
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All that stuff generates huge profits for the repair operation and teensy unskilled laboer expenses. Big rip off expose on Canadian Telly last month about that exact list
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Old 09-21-2022, 07:58 PM   #14 (permalink)
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We will know just how good Xist's Spanish accent is, but ownership status shall forever remain a mystery, just to string folks along in mystery.
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Old 09-22-2022, 12:48 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Seems like a decent deal by 2022 standards.

Apparently the average new car goes for $45,000 these days.
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I have a check engine light!

So, the dealer reset it, and Toyota didn't check?

How bad do you think it is?
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Old 09-24-2022, 12:29 AM   #17 (permalink)
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My uncle, a certified master mechanic, told me not to worry about the almost $8,000 in repairs the dealership claimed that I needed.
He also told me to cure the paint on my oil pan in the oven. Mom was out of the room and I asked "Are you trying to get me killed?!" but Mom yelled at me that my pan was mostly full of water.
I don't know how much rain we were supposed to receive, but it was only predicted to sprinkle.
My pan had less than an inch in it.
There couldn't have been more, there is a drain in it! ��
However, I didn't paint the drain, and it was rusting, so I told Mom that I needed to dry it, and broiled it, which I tried before, but Mom always does that with the door venting.
I did it with the door closed and my laser thermometer said it was less than 350 after 30 minutes!

The oven supposedly reaches 550, while the instructions say 600, but I really don't feel like trying to max out the oven a third time.

I frocked it and after two hours I will clean it out.

Hopefully that will remove any harmful fumes!

I ordered spark plugs, cleaners, and stuff from whoever sold the OEM products for the best price with shipping, usually Amazon and eBay, although I will be picking up throttle body and intake cleaner, mass airflow sensor cleaner, and Chevron Techron fuel injector treatment tomorrow from Walmart.

I will also have them change my oil.

They charge $1.08 more than a jug of oil and filter would cost.

I will check my power steering, motor mounts, left half shaft, and front control arm, as well as the other fluids.

My total so far is $126, while the useless lying inspection cost $170.
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Old 09-24-2022, 01:30 AM   #18 (permalink)
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You want something done right, you do it yourself.

When I considered moonlighting with Uber, I had my 2006 TSX inspected as required, which was like 6 years old at the time. The shop said my caliper was seizing and a few other things I don't remember.

I replaced the caliper (myself) like a dummy, and afterwards realized why they thought the caliper was bad. My parking brake sticks when it freezes because there is a hole in the brake line, which accumulates water and then doesn't release when it freezes. A couple of times I drove about a mile before realizing the issue.

No shop is adept enough to diagnose such an issue. It takes someone with a knowledge of the history to identify it.

My question is, did you buy from a stealership, or the owner? You can always get the history from the owner, or realize they are evasive and avoid them. Stealerships are launderers of vehicles. They claim ignorance of all things, yet charge a premium price. Why some people pay a premium for ignorance is beyond me.

BTW, is car #10 the ones you've owned, or includes all you've driven?

I drove 6 family cars/vans/motorcycles my dad owned before my first personal vehicle. Hmm, I might only be at 7 vehicles of personal ownership if that's the criteria.
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Old 09-24-2022, 10:15 AM   #19 (permalink)
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That never quite works out for me!
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When I considered moonlighting with Uber, I had my 2006 TSX inspected as required, which was like 6 years old at the time. The shop said my caliper was seizing and a few other things I don't remember.

I replaced the caliper (myself) like a dummy, and afterwards realized why they thought the caliper was bad. My parking brake sticks when it freezes because there is a hole in the brake line, which accumulates water and then doesn't release when it freezes. A couple of times I drove about a mile before realizing the issue.

No shop is adept enough to diagnose such an issue. It takes someone with a knowledge of the history to identify it.

My question is, did you buy from a stealership, or the owner? You can always get the history from the owner, or realize they are evasive and avoid them. Stealerships are launderers of vehicles. They claim ignorance of all things, yet charge a premium price. Why some people pay a premium for ignorance is beyond me.
From a dealership and as far as I know, they bought it from an auction.
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BTW, is car #10 the ones you've owned, or includes all you've driven?
I believe that I have owned 10 personal cars in 22 years.
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Is the damage a scratch abaft the right rear door handle?

Right now they're paving the lane in front. Once they're done I will try this on the Superbeetle. I have some touch-up paint, bu it's off a shade or two (Kansas Beige vs Shantung Gold).

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