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Re: My 86 4000 CS Quattro
> I apparently need (2) rear strut housings, tie rods, front and rear ball
> The cost for parts is $1450.00. The total price with $420.00 labor, a 4
> wheel alignment and tax is $2070.00.
No no no no. Unless your car was wrecked, at least!
I could see tie rods if they are rusted to be not adjustable, maybe a
ball joint here and there, but you can;t possibly need all that stuff
and still be driving the car! How could the strut housings need to be
> My car is a 1986 4000 CS Quattro with 152,000 miles. Is this something
> "normal" for an Audi this age?
the CV boot, sure, the tie rods, sure, the mechanics next two mortgage
payments, no way!
> Does the price seem reasonable?
That's not even relevant.
> mechanic does not want to use used or rebuilt parts because he feels we
> are dealing with critical safety components of the car. I wonder if
> rebuilt would be fine, given that I don't expect to put another 150,000
> miles on the car, as much as I love driving it!
Hmmm. My strut housings are 278,000 miles old. they're fine. I would
just get a second (or is it third?) mechanics opinion (estimate) on this
one if you can. You must.
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