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Hey automotive knowing stuff type guys
« on: March 15, 2007, 01:52:40 PM »

My Pathfinder needs new struts. Ballpark estimate of what I can expect to pay?
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Re: Hey automotive knowing stuff type guys
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2007, 02:34:30 PM »

I'm guessing someplace north of 'a lot' and south of 'outrageously expensive' as in, "I had the driver side power window motor replaced in my Mercedes CLK, and let me tell you, that was an outrageously expensive repair."
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Re: Hey automotive knowing stuff type guys
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2007, 04:41:28 PM »

spacey,

I believe your gonna be looking at no less than a 1,000 bucks, if you just drop it off, and have it done. (little choice now days, I realize.)

The units themselves are in the 250-300 range, but the labor is intense.

The last time I had an oil change, the recommended an alignment with replacing some hardware.  It was well over 600 bucks at the oil change place.
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2007, 04:46:24 PM »

Gotta go with Stroh on this one.  It takes some work and somewhat specialized tools to do.

I don't mean to sound too negative.... but that's why I intentionally don't own any vehicles with a strut suspension.  Way easier to replace just the shock absorber in a conventional swingarm suspension and it's a do-it-yourself job with shocks.
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Re: Hey automotive knowing stuff type guys
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2007, 05:46:57 PM »

My Pathfinder needs new struts. Ballpark estimate of what I can expect to pay?

through the nose. Wink

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Re: Hey automotive knowing stuff type guys
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2007, 06:07:36 PM »

Don't know what year yours is, but here's an example of just the part price-

http://shop.nissanpartsto...&repcat=true&my=1

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Re: Hey automotive knowing stuff type guys
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2007, 09:14:53 PM »

I'm seeing a fairly normal looking Monroe number through 2004, just FYI (not that I'd necessarily use a monroe, just that Napa Online was handy at home)...

I'll put a REAL estimate together and fax it to you...
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Re: Hey automotive knowing stuff type guys
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2007, 09:23:10 PM »

I'm seeing a fairly normal looking Monroe number through 2004, just FYI (not that I'd necessarily use a monroe, just that Napa Online was handy at home)...

I'll put a REAL estimate together and fax it to you...
FYI: it's a 1999.5 (2000) SE 4WD model. Info is appreciated.
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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2007, 09:36:12 PM »

I'll shoot from the hip, and give you a very, very good SWAG, which is more S than W:

109.95 per strut, prefer to use a KYB or similar...

3 hours of labor (this might actually be excessive, but I don't have a labor guide at home. I should also note that I RARELY charge full book time for struts) at 86.00 is:

 258.00

Alignment is 59.95 (and it's going to need a torsion bar adjustment, but most folks don't catch that)

537.85, or so.

Of course, the fact that they're noisy suggests that bearing plates might be in order, which would add 100.00 bucks or so a side, but that's PURE guesswork.

Why you wouldn't spend the extra 125.00 buck or so to get the rears done is up to you, but I'd prolly beat you up a little about it.
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Re: Hey automotive knowing stuff type guys
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2007, 09:39:12 PM »

Thanks.  Thumbs Up
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Re: Hey automotive knowing stuff type guys
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2007, 09:41:10 PM »

My Pathfinder needs new struts. Ballpark estimate of what I can expect to pay?

through the nose. Wink

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Re: Hey automotive knowing stuff type guys
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2007, 07:42:50 AM »

Just do what we do, When the vehicle needs tires trade it in for a new one. Upside down is the American way baby!
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Re: Hey automotive knowing stuff type guys
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2007, 09:32:34 AM »

Barbeque it.
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« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2007, 06:03:01 PM »

Follow up: MFAWG was scary accurate in his SWAG. The total came to $542.64. (Though parts were slightly more and labor was slightly less.)

I asked the guy to do rear shocks too, but after inspecting them he assures me they are fine. I suppose when I request something and the mechanic talks me out of it at the price of his own bottom line, I have to trust him. Either that or he just didn't feel like doing rear shocks (or the breaks I asked him to inspect and replace if necessary).
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Re: Hey automotive knowing stuff type guys
« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2007, 06:31:00 PM »

(or the breaks I asked him to inspect and replace if necessary).

Just admit you were wrong.

Them's the breaks....
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