Wow! PARTS GUY you have such a helpful response.
I can buy the part new for less than $50, and I can get the refrigerant recharge done for $100. That leaves $350 labor for turn nuts/bolts and tubing fitting. Hmm I am thinking I can do that myself on a Saturday afternoon. I guess its not crazy if you have no mechanical skills, if you get my drift.
You might try blowing smoke somewhere else.
I changed out the AC expansion valve on my 2004 SAAB 93 with no problems and it is very easy to do. If anyone needs the procedure let me know I have it and I took picture along the way as well. It takes around 3 hours to do once you understand what you need to do and I am not a professional. Anyone can do this. Don’t let the shops charge you $500. I did my for under $150 and that also included changing our the cabin air filter since it was accessible during the change out. - jdkoch
Speaking of blowing smoke..jdkoch...where did you discharge the existing refrigerant? Did you just open the system and vent to atmosphere , or was it evacuated by the shop before you replaced your part? Keep us posted on how long your A/C continues working and let us know how the warranty ....oh wait ...you did your own work ..no warranty .Damn. - ziptie12