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I own a 2002 S430 with 135K on the dash, I took it to the shop because something was eating my tires, 3 sets of different tires in 3 years, mechanic told me that I needed lower ball joints and lower control arms, I told him to do the work he charged me $1812.00, here's the break down.

Lower control arms $384.15 X 2
Lower ball joints $111.60 X 2
Labor $719.60
Total $ 1812.73
Also he said that he threw in a front strut for "free"

Also he gave me a list of other things that need to be done

Parts and labor
Valve Cover gaskets $424.00
Transmission fulid flush $195.00, Tranny does slip a little when down shifting from 2nd to 1st
Brake fulid flush $85.00
Tune Up ???
Washer Pump $182.92
Thrust Arms $518.50 part only
Rear Main Seal $??
Fuel Filter ???

I've owned this car for 3 years put 70K and have done little work, because it never seem to need it, also I never get B Service because I think its a waste of money. Is any of this work a DIY project?
 

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look at ebay for much cheaper parts sold as set
 

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eBay parts are Chinese crap. Stay away.

I don't understand the, "threw in a front strut for free", bit. That doesn't sound right to me. Also, unless he is extremely meticulous, that labor seems obnoxious to me. Parts alone are being marked up quite a bit there. Not trying to be an ass here, but those are dealership prices.

Most of the things on his "to-do" list are probably because of the cars mileage. Not saying they don't need to be done – I'd have to see the car to tell you that. Also, that rear main seal will cost you a fortune. I had an indy try to tell me I was leaking out of my rear main seal and wanted a fortune to fix.

Maybe it's time to look for a new mechanic?
 

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what would it matter if you were overcharged, if you already authorized the work and had it done there is no going back for a refund. and no you werent overcharged, those jobs are front end job which are not cheap labor jobs. and none of that isnt going to fix your tire issue if you didnt get an alignment with it which you didnt mention. and those jobs require an alignment.
 

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I own a 2002 S430 with 135K on the dash, I took it to the shop because something was eating my tires, 3 sets of different tires in 3 years, mechanic told me that I needed lower ball joints and lower control arms, I told him to do the work he charged me $1812.00, here's the break down.

Lower control arms $384.15 X 2
Lower ball joints $111.60 X 2
Labor $719.60
Total $ 1812.73
Also he said that he threw in a front strut for "free"

Also he gave me a list of other things that need to be done

Parts and labor
Valve Cover gaskets $424.00
Transmission fulid flush $195.00, Tranny does slip a little when down shifting from 2nd to 1st
Brake fulid flush $85.00
Tune Up ???
Washer Pump $182.92
Thrust Arms $518.50 part only
Rear Main Seal $??
Fuel Filter ???

I've owned this car for 3 years put 70K and have done little work, because it never seem to need it, also I never get B Service because I think its a waste of money. Is any of this work a DIY project?
Because you got a 'free' strut that is at least $500 for a rebuild, you got a good deal on round 1. However, as mentioned before, you need a complete wheel alignment at a dealership, probably after having thrust arms looked at. (Dealer will negotiate with you, don't pay more than $180, even if they have to throw in a castor bolt)

A Washer pump costs $14 DIY, valve cover gaskets $40 DIY. Fuel filter $48 DIY. Brake flush $60 incl $45 for the vacuum pump DIY. Tranny flter, flush and connector replacement $110 DIY. Tuneup? - does that mean change spark plugs? DIY You probably also need a coolant flush - $15 DIY. Run away from Round 2 with the mechanic. If you don't mind a little leak from the rear main seal, keep on trucking and save the money.
 
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