For the past little while I've known that my car has an oil leak. I can smell it once the car heats up and burns up whats leaked onto the engine.
I finally took it to a shop just around the corner to have them diagnose how bad the situation was. According to them it was $2365 worth of bad.
In case you're wondering (I'm sure you were), this is what, according to this one shop, needs to be done.
Rear Main Seal on the engine - This is the most expensive procedure since they have to take the transmission out to get to it. ($900 labor/$50 part)
Valve Cover Gaskets - This one isn't too bad, but what chaps me the most is that I just had these replaced less than 6 months ago!! GRRR! I get seriously pissed off when I figure out I've been taken advantage of because I'm a chick. ($293 labor/$60 part)
Transmission pan gasket - This is another thorn in my feminist side!! The same time I had the valve cover gaskets done, they also did a transmission overhaul which included this gasket!! What in the name of all that is good and holy did this shop actually do for the $450 I gave them??? ($175 parts and labor)
It took me about an hour to recover from the shock and begin to look for places to get a second opinion, but once I did, I was on the phone with several shops that specialized in my make of car.
I tried calling West Houston VW, but all they wanted to do was keep me on hold for 10 minutes.
From word of mouth, I found two shops that specialize in German made cars. I called both; one gave me a quote over the phone, the other said they'd call me back. Never heard back, so I'm going with the shop that gave me the quote (Swiss Garage - Swiss because the guys that run it are from Switzerland).
For those of you who can add in your head or actually pulled out a calculator, you will note that the amounts I quoted above do not add up to $2365. The amounts above are what were quoted to me over the phone. Granted, there's always "extra" charges and tax to add onto that, but even so, it's a darn sight less than my original quote.
Yesterday on the way home I stopped to buy a quart of oil to put in my car to tide it over until the work could be done.
$4 FOR A QUART OF OIL!!
I'm sorry, how much?!?!