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Oopey Esq

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Anyone know how long (i.e., labor hours) it should take to rip out all the carpeting and the underneath padding and to replace? Also, any estimates on cost for parts and labor? This is for the carpeting in the front row, the back row and the fold-up/down third row. Also, anyone know what average hourly labor rate is for NYC suburbs? My insurance company only wants to pay $50/hour, but that seems very low. Thanks.


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My car has 37,500 miles on it (mostly highway miles), and my independent mechanic (STS) said that the struts are leaking. The Toyota dealership said that three of the struts are "Level 5" leaks and that one strut is a "Level 4" leak and that its all normal evaporation. According to a bulletin for '06-'07 Toyotas, Levels 4-5 are normal (my car is an '08, and the dealership insists that the bulletin pertains to my car, too - even though the bulletin states on its face that it is only for '06-'07 cars). However, STS said the industry standard is that any leak is no good. Anyone know which is correct? How long should struts actually last? Also, anyone know of any official documentation stating that any type of leak is no good and/or the length of time/miles struts should last? The car is no longer under warranty, but I'm hoping Toyota will work with me based on all their bad publicity lately (and the fact that my car was part of the recalls). Any help is appreciated. Thanks.


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