Prochambers - 5/16/2005 2:54 PM
My wife asked me what I wanted for father's day last year and I told her to get me a 3 ton hydraulic jack which included 2 jack stands, 2 wheel chocks, lug nut wrench, jumper cables and a mechanic's rolling seat with bottom tray to hold tools. Only cost $89.00. It was the best investment for lifting the heavy benz. Whenever I need my mechanic's assistance, he loves it because we work on the car behind my house and just roll out the jack and go to work. I purchased mine from Sears.
If your mechanic wants $4500 for a head gasket job, inform him that you're not interested in financing his Hawaiian vacation.Ramesh - 5/17/2005 1:45 AM
I used to go to Star Auto on York Road, Baltimore, MD for oil changes. First they used Mobil, then Quaker State. They always charged me $65.
Last time I went to the dealer - R & H motor cars (the only authorized service station in this area). Surprising he charged my only $40, inspite of all the fancy facilities provided to me when I was waiting. Any how the next time I went, he insisted on changing the head-gasket as it is leaking. He gave me a quote of $4500. I said I will wait for some time, but he told me it should be done in the next three or four months. So I don't think I want to go there again and get brain washed.
So I am planning to change my own oil next time. That will also save me a little bit of money. I am surprised that they are charging you $100! Professor changes his own oil, you can ask him about it.
(In the meantime, I will have to estimate how long I can survive with this oil leak. Then I will have to look for a private mechanic for the head gasket change).