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Old 26 Apr 2007, 03:59 pm
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Default Honda Odyssey 1996

My Honda Odyssey has 106,000 miles on it. The dealership service
center says I need: front motor mount $320-330; outer cv boots
$330-380 OR new axle at $500-600; decarb and throttle service $162;
power steering fluid change $89.95 (squealing when hard turning both
ways); front sway bar bushings $170-200.

Also my air conditioner/heater system knob adjuster (internal to
dashboard not external) broke and is stuck in position at "heat" and
they say this will cost $95 just to look at and maybe $600-700 to
repair.

So which of these items are the highest priority to repair? Should I
get a second opinion and are these estimates within normal range for
these types of repairs.

I need to buy a new car and plan to do so shortly so I don't want to
put more into the car than necessary to make it run properly. I could
just bag the repairs and use it as a trade-in (but I have always been
advised against using trade-ins when buying new cars.)

Please advise!

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Old 26 Apr 2007, 08:09 pm
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Default Re: Honda Odyssey 1996

jbsomers@gmail.com wrote:
> My Honda Odyssey has 106,000 miles on it. The dealership service
> center says I need: front motor mount $320-330; outer cv boots
> $330-380 OR new axle at $500-600; decarb and throttle service $162;
> power steering fluid change $89.95 (squealing when hard turning both
> ways); front sway bar bushings $170-200.
>
> Also my air conditioner/heater system knob adjuster (internal to
> dashboard not external) broke and is stuck in position at "heat" and
> they say this will cost $95 just to look at and maybe $600-700 to
> repair.
>
> So which of these items are the highest priority to repair?
>

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Your highest priority is to STOP BELIEVING THAT THE DEALER IS _GOD_ ! !

Give your head a shake. You can walk into NAPA and buy the sway bar kit
for under $20 and change it yourself or let someone with air tools do in
in about 6 minutes.. You can search gOOGLE and take the instructions
about the heater control to any independant mechanic and get it fixed in
just a few minutes. You can get him to tighten your PS belt to stop the
screaming, and he might even tell you the truth about your outer CV
boots and the motor mount. While he's applying LockEase to your heater
cable, get him to swab out the throttle body, since it's way easier to
get at the water valve cable when the air intake is off. Look at
diagrams at www.slhondaparts.com for exploded views while you're online.

'Curly'
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