Amazingly Large repair estimate...

Eyvind Spangen ma38534 at
Wed Apr 30 20:49:40 EDT 2003

On Wed, 30 Apr 2003 11:54:18 -0400, you wrote:

>A.  The car needs a new brake bomb and that parts and labor for that would run around $625

A new bomb is about $250-275. It won't take more than one hour to
replace it on a 200q20v. Then you need a quart or two of the hydraulic
fluid, G002000. Not cheap, but not more than $20..

>B. That the care needs a new alternator at about $465

..which is about 3 times as much as I paid for a Bosch remanufactured
unit 2 years ago.. One hour here too.

>and C. that the right rear window regulator is shot and would cost 365 to fix.

A window reguator from any type 44 (5k/100/200/V8) can be used. Should
not be more than $50 used if it's in very good shape. A new one at the
dealer is about $200, IIRC. It won't take more than 30 minutes to

Yes, your mechanic's price estimate is outrageous. $500 will be enough
to fix everything.

If you have done some work on the car before, you can do this yourself
too. Nothing hard, just remember to "release" the bomb pressure (pump
the brake pedal) when replacing the bomb and to disconnect the battery
when you replace the alternator.. :-)

Eyvind Spangen
'94 Audi S4 Avant 4.2

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