Left front axle on 2002 Volkswagen Passat

The rubber boot over the left front axle has developed a tear. The mechanic tells me that he can simply replace the boot but recommends a new axle.

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it's best to repalce the axel shaft assy for around $189 or just to replace the boot only you would pay around $161 since the price difference it not much it's always good to replace the complete assy.
My mechanic wants $277 to replace the boot only and $434 to replace the entire assembly. He claims there's considerable labor in replacing the boot. Whay are your estimates so much lower? I suppose I'll shop around.
you should if you want me to do the left front axel assy I can do it for $189+tax comes with 1 year nationwide warranty on parts & labor.
Thanks. I've made an appt for next Tues at your Ind Blvd location
You need to find another shop. It should cost less to replace the axle than the boot. You can buy a reman axle from Napa auto parts for $70 exchange. That's if it is an automatic, two wheel drive. The Napa auto parts part number is 95-2187. The phone number to call is 704-821-6246. That is a reman axle which is fine. You can spend a little more for new if you want. You need to go find another shop that will give you a better price. Not having more info on the car it should be no more than one and a half hours labor.