A/C repair in Houston. 105 degrees. on 2002 Volkswagen Beetle

NO cool air out of A/C at all. Got estimate for $1,000 to replace evaporator core, expansion valve and dryer with a flush to clean system. Is this excessive?

by in Houston, TX on June 07, 2011
3 answers 3 comments
ANSWER by on June 07, 2011
it does not sound out of line. you might save a few dollars by calling around to other local shops.
COMMENT by on June 07, 2011
Thanks. That is exactly what I'm doing. Don't have the $1,000 today anyway. But, considering the temperatures, think I'd rather go hungry to be without a/c in Houston, TX! Thank you again.
ANSWER by on June 07, 2011
Sounds about right price wise, especially if they are using quality parts. You get what you pay for. and Good technicians are not cheap but they are better trained to do the job properly. Most A/C repairs we perform with major repairs run between $ 800.00 to $1400.00. Hope this helps. Jeff Livingston Owner Warr & Geurin Garage Bartlett, Tn
COMMENT by on June 07, 2011
Thank you so much for your reply. I thought it sounded reasonable, especially since I've been getting most of my repairs done at the dealership. The dealership prices are totally out of the ballpark. The price for labor is $80 an hour and the estimate is for the job to take 8-10 hours. So I'm not too sure about the quality of the parts. However, the mgr did tell me that labor was the bulk of the estimate since VWs are so difficult to work in due to the fact that it is so congested and/or well-engineered. Thank you again.
ANSWER by on June 16, 2011
Have you ck. your cabin filder
COMMENT by on June 16, 2011
I don't know. The mechanic didn't mention that. However, I have given up on the car and an replacing it with a 2009 Nissan Altima. Thank you for your response.

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