This has been talked about before. what all are you getting for that money?
you need to get a list. see what you can do yourself, then maybe have someone do the rest. If you don't want to do any of it, at least know what you are paying for. I'd hate to get a bill and see I just spent $100 for an oil change.
there gonna charge you $100/hour labor charge to put you jeep up on a lift, look around with a drop light. There gonna try to find things to fix to pump up the bill...then there gonna take another hour to change oil, change plugs, change wires, change air filter. All these things can be done in an saturday afternoon with a cold beer and some tunes pumping in the backround. Even if you have no mechanical backround, go to the auto store grab all the things you need along with a $15 dollar service manual. follow the directions and your done.
or at least like PTaylor said...get a list of everthing being done...do what you can yourself and let them do the harder stuff.
again, I'd look into getting a quote for stuff you can't do or don't want to do. for example, how much are they charging to change the oil? what oil are they using? Oil filter? how much are those? are they buying and jacking up the cost?
how much? What brand?
transmission fluid being changed? filter also? serpentine belt being changed? everything being greased?
I think it seems too high, but I have no idea what all is being done either.
I change my oil myself, I replace my belts. some stuff I get online because it's cheaper and better than what some places offer.
sometimes my mechanic gives me a better price for parts than what I could have gotten.
You are the only one that has to be pleased, so it's up to you.
Thanks all. I've got the mechanical background, Haynes repair manual and official Jeep service manual, and can pretty much handle all of it if pressed. But taking a half-to-full day (including trips to/from parts store) and not having a jack stand/ramps (I'd have to 'build' my own), etc., by doing it myself to save a couple hundred bucks is trade off I'm looking into. Just wanted to know if the quotes are in the ballpark. I would never bring to the dealer, so its really the indie repair shop prices I'm most curious about.
There's not a lot they do on that 90K service aside from changing the various lubes and looking around for obvious problems. The bigger problem is that most dealers see that as an opportunity to "find" problems for them to tell you must be urgently fixed which will jack your bill way up.
To me, it's worth the effort to buy the car ramps, minor tools, etc. if you don't have them and just change the fluids, serpentine belt, etc. on your own. You'll be $$$ ahead even after the minor cost of a pair of car ramps so you can get underneath. And actually, though I haven't been under an unlifted Wrangler in a long time, I'm not so sure you really even need a pair of car ramps to have enough clearance so you can crawl underneath drain your engine/tranny lubricants etc.. I don't think you need them, I know I certainly don't need ramps to get underneath my TJ.
At the least, I'd go to a garage you trust and have them do it if you really don't want to do it on your own. You'll probably come out with a bill for 50% of what the dealer would charge.
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Jerry, I agree on likelihood of getting under w/o ramps. I do most of my own work on my '86 VW Vanagon Westy camper which has excellent stock clearance. Its just a bit 'tedious' when accessing hard-to-reach parts.