Is Charge of $850 Reasonable to Carry out Repairs on My Holden Barina?
Last edited 24/01/2019 - 08:54 by 1 other user
After last experience, I had another drama where the car's power steering oil had massive leak and the car was also jerking when cold at a low speed. This Holden Barina was not driveable as it was dripping steering oil so I get it towed.
I took it to a mechanic who stated it will cost $850 to carry out following repairs:
1) $500 to install new steering hose and it goes under the engine so require extra time to remove parts.
2) $250 for new spark plugs and ignition leads which appear very old and potentially causing misfire. I am not sure if car jerking at low speed when cold is due to misfire. Is it correct?
3) $100 to change serpentine belt which is also damaged.
Can someone with repair experience advise if these charges are reasonable?
I searched eBay and apparently I could get ignition leads for $49 with 3 years warranty and spark plugs from super Cheap Auto for $20. Not sure about ignition leads quality from eBay but sparks plugs from SCA are NGK and mechanic is also using the same brand.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.