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Old April 13th, 2016, 01:07 PM
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sanity check needed on mechanical repair work

hello everyone, I'm looking for a sanity check on a quote I received for a mechanical restoration of my '88 D90 CSW 2.5TD. Structurally and cosmetically, its in top shape. I am importing it into the states from where I currently live in Italy, so swapping out the engine or any major components is out of the question unfortunately. I have just purchased the landy (175k km) and want to bring it up to snuff at a shop here that has a great reputation with all the guys in the area. If anything looks unnecessary, would be ridiculously easy to do myself (limited experience with mechanical work, but very willing to give it a go), or seems well overpriced, I'd appreciate a red flag. Thanks so much!
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Old April 13th, 2016, 01:20 PM
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If they know what they are doing that hourly shop rate is a bargain compared to US shops.
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Old April 13th, 2016, 02:03 PM
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20 hours. That's impressive. Wonder if they'd like to relocate to Hershey.....
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Old April 13th, 2016, 02:27 PM
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I would spring for a new steering box but seems reasonable.
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Old April 13th, 2016, 02:31 PM
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Zach, guessing you are going to Ricardo out in Quarto. Having had plenty of work done by this shop, I can personally vouch for them. Yes, if you have the tools and know your way around these vehicles you can save yourself some money. But when I was stationed there I didn't have my tools nor the time to work on my truck. Time is money my friend . . . best of luck and tell Ricardo I said hello!
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Old April 14th, 2016, 01:47 PM
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What leads you to think it's over priced?

I often wonder why when someone is given a price by a professional, in any specific field, the reaction is always "that seems expensive".

"limited experience with mechanical work, but very willing to give it a go"

Hmmm I wanted to go to Italy for a vacation but the plane ticket was $1500 (that seems expensive). Maybe I should just borrow a friends plane and fly myself. I have no experience, but very willing to give it a go.

Sorry, not trying to be a jerk, but if you are going to try your mechanical luck on steering and brakes just to save a couple bucks, you seriously need to re-think this.

Those prices are a steal!
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Old April 14th, 2016, 02:00 PM
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I don't believe the OP thought it was overpriced. He was saying that he does not know and was asking our opinions.

The quote looks very reasonable and, as above, the labour rate is much lower than you will find in the States.
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Old April 16th, 2016, 11:49 AM
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Wow, at that rate I would get as much work done by them as you can before bringing it stateside. That's a bargain.
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