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Old 07-24-2012, 04:51 PM   #1
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Does this sound sketchy to you?

So I bought my first wrangler about a week ago. The previous owner explained that in April he had his trusted mechanic look over everything. His mechanic found some things wrong and the PO replaced them. He gave us receipts and everything. Jeep is inspected until next April, however because the title has changed hands it needs a new inspection. So my dad calls his mechanic and schedules a NYS inspection, he also tells him to look over the whole car and "look for possible future problems". Today the mechanic calls and says it needs new rear brake discs and quotes us almost $1000.

A few things are bothering me,
1. After test driving and driving after the purchase for almost a week, the brakes felt great. Why all the sudden a big problem?
2. The PO had parts replaced in order for it to pass inspection less than 3 months ago, so for me it seems like if it was a problem he would have fixed it.
3. The fact that my dad said "look for future problems" makes me wonder if the mechanic heard this and figured he would "find" a problem assuming we would fix it without questioning.
4. It seems like every time my parents take their cars to this guy there's something else that needs fixing, my dad swears this guy is legit but I'm not so sure.

I just want to point out that I am no car expert and there is a possibility that there really is a problem, but after purchasing the vehicle I don't exactly have money to be blowing so I want to hear some other opinions .

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Old 07-24-2012, 05:03 PM   #2
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Way, way too much for a brake job, even if he replaces the rotors and calipers (and calipers never need replacing). Find another mechanic and just get the inspection. If there are problems he will say so, just don't give him an open invitation to find stuff.

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Seems interesting...since I think the only jeeps that came with rear disc brakes were Rubicons. Unless the PO swapped in a Rubicon D44

Also...wth is he planning replacing for 1000 bucks!?
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Sounds like your dad went there willing to spend money and passed that info to the wrong person there. Take it to someone else on your own and see what they say, If there good, tell your dad he's being had by the mechanic and don't go back there.
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:08 PM   #5
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It was roughly $1000 a little less, he also said there was one thing he could not do and still pass inspection and take off around $150. How generous.
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Seems interesting...since I think the only jeeps that came with rear disc brakes were Rubicons. Unless the PO swapped in a Rubicon D44

Also...wth is he planning replacing for 1000 bucks!?
Um... jks come with 4 wheel disk brakes stock also d44 in the rear unless very early 2007. All models
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:31 PM   #7
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Um... jks come with 4 wheel disk brakes stock also d44 in the rear unless very early 2007. All models
I know this...but since he has a 2002 TJ sport, I didn't bother commenting on the JKs since they dont apply to his situation.
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:40 PM   #8
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$1000 for a brake job? There's no way I would EVER pay that much. I fix my brakes myself for under $100 (under $50 for just the pads).

I think you need to find a new mechanic, and never pay for a fix that you didn't check up on. If a mechanic tells you this or that need replacing, ask him to explain why, get him to show you the problem and everything. If you're not sure about it, go research it yourself online. I don't ever pay mechanics to do things unless I know for a fact that the certain part needs replacing. I know a lot of people who just go throw their car into the shop and before they know it, they are wondering why they are in there every few months.

It might seem like a pain to be so distrusting of mechanics, but it will save you money in the end. It's your car and your money, so make sure you're keeping good care of both.
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If you live on the island bring it to my shop. I'll pass ya as long as your check engine light is off.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:58 AM   #10
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Wow that is way too much for brakes. We do all our own stuff and like someone else said it should be a lot less then that. My dad is the same way with his mechanic. They know he won't question it so they gauge him every visit.

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