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Re: ALL THIS RANTIN' AN' RAVIN'
Okay, I'll join in.
> We should all vow to limit what chain stores do for
> our cars so that we can avoid years of frustration:
> Allow only the following:
> - tires: mount, balance, rotate, and check the
> - exhaust: replace
That's expecting too much from chain stores :). Potential
big-profit/low-quality job here. Well, maybe asking them to do
some "directed" welding would be okay.
> - inspection stickers
> - pump gas
> - wash
> - vacuum (unless you have change in your car)
Most want an opportunity to rip you off big-time, so I'm not sure
> Anything else, either do it yourself, or take it to
> a qualified mechanic....
I asked a mechanic (he claimed to be one, at least) to confirm that
he'll put in an original cat (with flanges) for the price- he said
yes. But the !*&^*# did a cut-and-weld job on my downpipe and I was naive
enough to not include my requirements in writing.
Of the few times I didn't work on the car myself, I only once got decent
results- after I got credit for a half-shaft assembly that was claimed
to be brand new, but wasn't.