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ienga4
11-12-2014, 04:11 PM
I was looking around and reading other people's quotes and was seeing between $6-900 for full install. I was going to get that taken care of along with a wheel bearing and swapping out cracked perches on my KWs.

The shop just quoted me about $1200. Would I be crazy to do that? It kinda seems like alot with supplying all my own parts. I just don't have the resources here in Detroit like I do back home to do it all myself

redline380
11-12-2014, 04:15 PM
$1200 for control arms? That's highway robbery. It should be $500 max at $100/hour.

Unless they were quoting you parts and labor? That's a little better if that's how it is. But $1200 is still quite a bit. Just by FCP control arm kit for $350 or whatever it is and find someone local to help out.

demonmk2
11-12-2014, 04:21 PM
considering how easy these are to install who ever does it is gonna bank.

BaseDrifter
11-12-2014, 04:28 PM
FWIW, when I had Griffin Motorwerke install a Meyle HD 12 piece control arm set + alignment back in 2010 it cost me $1,372.54 (parts + labor).

It was that repair alone that made me say screw that and started doing all my own maintenance from then on. No way I could afford to keep the car otherwise paying their $140/hour shop rate, which is now $160 or $165/hour.

LA4
11-13-2014, 01:11 PM
FWIW, when I had Griffin Motorwerke install a Meyle HD 12 piece control arm set + alignment back in 2010 it cost me $1,372.54 (parts + labor).

It was that repair alone that made me say screw that and started doing all my own maintenance from then on. No way I could afford to keep the car otherwise paying their $140/hour shop rate, which is now $160 or $165/hour.

To be fair, that seems exorbitant.

The place I go if charges like $70/hour, and this is a guy that specializes in VAG, BMW, Merc, Porsche, Jag, and all your other Euro brands. He does great work, and I've seen really high end cars there, AMG Mercs, M5s, etc. Control arms at that place would cost like ~$500.

The place I went before that was charging $110/hour and while their tech was REALLY good (he could diagnose ANYTHING in about 12 seconds) that seemed like a ripoff. $140 is just insane. Even for your California prices.

ienga4
11-14-2014, 02:32 PM
yea I mean they were gonna do the one wheel bearing and replace my perches too, but that's with me supplying all the parts. so that does sound insane compared to what you guys are saying. I have the parts all sitting in front of me right now

ienga4
11-14-2014, 02:32 PM
the tech told me its around 10 hours of labor...

Rodgman15
11-14-2014, 02:37 PM
Yes, it's completely fu***ng insane! After parts, my entire front end rebuild cost $90, and that was to have a machine shop press new bearings in. Get under there and get your hands dirty, look what basedrifter is saying. If something as simple as that is gonna cost $1000/1300, imagine what a serious repair is going to cost you [emoji24].

Nzila8
11-14-2014, 03:15 PM
You might as well go spend $150-$200 on tools and do the job yourself. Doesn't sound worth it.

ienga4
11-15-2014, 08:48 AM
yea my apartment complex just won't allow me to work on my car. I've done suspension stuff on my brother's jetta and completely rebuilt my engine in this car, but I had a garage to do all that at home.

think i'm gonna talk to some local guys and figure out who's got space for me to do it

rodgertherabit
11-15-2014, 01:57 PM
get on MIVE (http://michiganvw.org) Tons of MI locals on there. Good People too! Ask how I know ;-)