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2003 Subaru Baja Question: What is the cost of "Head bolts"?

 

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Victim, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Kailua Kona, HI, February 01, 2011, 13:30
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I was charged $389.00 for a set of "head bolts".
Is this right!?
I just inspected the repair and see no new bolts anywhere.
Had it done at Midas and was charged $3,086.00
Please advise.

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    Jim Taddei February 01, 2011, 13:50
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    The pricing for this repair - I am assuming the head gaskets were replaced - seems to be on the high side, including the cost of the head bolts. You may not be able to see much of the new head bolts as they are under the valve cover gaskets. Some bolts may be visible on the edge of the cylinder head near the exhaust manifold. If other work was performed besides just replacing the head gasket and bolts, that could account for the higher price.

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    Victim, February 01, 2011, 15:54
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    Mahalo nui for the fast reply, jtaddei.

    Yep, just looked again.
    Those are not new bolts.
    They also charged $134 for a timing belt.
    And $540 for a "head set" plus $130 for milling and $80 for new spark plugs.
    I'm not a mechanic but this still sounds about $1000 too high for the job.
    I'm about to call my credit card and dispute the charges.
    If need be, I'll contact Midas corporate and ask them to investigate.
    But wanted to hear from someone that knows cars first before I get someone fired.
    I am and will be grateful for any any additional education you can offer.
    Aloha nui,

    John Scott

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    Victim, February 01, 2011, 15:56
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    Mahalo nui for the fast reply, jtaddei.

    Yep, just looked again.
    Those are not new bolts.
    They also charged $134 for a timing belt.
    And $540 for a "head set" plus $130 for milling and $80 for new spark plugs.
    I'm not a mechanic but this still sounds about $1000 too high for the job.
    I'm about to call my credit card and dispute the charges.
    If need be, I'll contact Midas corporate and ask them to investigate.
    But wanted to hear from someone that knows cars first before I get someone fired.
    I am and will be grateful for any any additional education you can offer.
    Aloha nui,

    John Scott

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