I've had this 2002 Overland for about 2 years, and it has been giving me fits! First I had to replace the front differential (at 2800 bucks), then the blower motor (800 bucks), then the front passenger window motor (800 bucks)... It's only got 80k miles on it!
I just took the car to the "stealership" and now they're telling me I need to spend another 2300 bucks! Power steering motor (steering wheel "chatters" when doing sharp turns), front brakes, and a wire shorted out on the blower motor, causing fan to turn on and off.
Can I get this done cheaper elsewhere? Or only the dealer can do this? What is the average cost (parts+labor) to do this work? Can anyone in the Northern Virginia area recommend a reputable auto repair shop that can do this work for less? I like this car a lot, but it's turning into a "money pit"!
Those prices are outrageous, and even a novice could do all 3 jobs with basic tools. By the way, $800 for a window motor is absolutely crazy... I fixed mine with a $.15 wire coat hanger and 45 minutes of my time. Hopefully these repairs were covered under some sort of extended warranty.
No such luck on extended warranty... I am terrible with hand tools and do not have the skills to do even basic maintenance... Although I can take a computer apart and put it together, calibrate a HDTV, set up a home theater, troubleshoot Windows PC's, etc... I admit I am naive when it comes to repairs and probably should have shopped around.
So that's why I am coming here now... No more "stealerships" for me... What are reasonable charges for a shop to fix what ails my Jeep? Are there any shops in No. Va. that can do the job quickly and cheaply?
Wow, that is insane. I checked the price on the power steering pump - I'd sell it to you for $224.00 with your JeepForum discount.
We could do the best possible brakes, that is Stillen front rotors and pads for $220.00 total.
So your parts total would be just $444.00. Labor to do the pump and the brakes should be no more than 2.5 hours at a shop. And the blower motor should be no more than an hour to fix the wire. So assuming 3.5 hours of labor at, what, $80.00 an hour? That's $280.00. Add the two together and you've got $724.00. Now that's a LOT better than $2300 LOL.
PM me if you'd like to get some parts - I always give JeepForum members 25% off dealership price for genuine Mopar factory parts and of course I have the Stillen rotors and pads available too.
$800 for a window regulator? That is just insane!!! I know the OEM parts are not cheap, but I think they were around $350 when I checked, $550 for labor? that is 5+ hours of labor.
I could have trained a monkey to drive, go to the parts store, drive back and then taught him to fix your rig in that amount of time...Blindfolded!
Better Business Bureau.
It's always darkest before dawn... so if your going to steal your neighbors newspaper, that is the time to do so.
So I took it to a "reputable" auto repair shop, and they serviced the transfer case, replaced the brakes and pads, and fixed my rim and tire for around 600 bucks... No power steering pump replacement necessary. So I'm a happy camper now.