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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Question: Wondering if labor times are correct

 

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Brian0885, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, Raleigh, NC, June 16, 2011, 16:59
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Just had my VW jetta's water pump / Timing belt / surpentine Belt / Timing belt tensioner / thermostat / and CT Sensor replaced by a local auto repair shop. My question is are the labor times correct?

R&R Timing Belt/ Tensioner and Water pump : 4 hours
R&R Thermostat : 1.4 hours
R&R Drive Belt/ Coolant Temp Sensor : 1.2 hours

If these sound a little on the high side please let me know and if there is someone I contact, either BBB or someone please let me know, they quoted me around 700 dollars for the repair and ended up with them doing it after I gave them the okay. The following day I went to pay them and they showed me a bill of 885.10 So Please if you have any advice or someone I could contact here in North Carolina please feel free to tell me

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, June 17, 2011, 07:56
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    If you signed a repair order authorizing labor charges you really don't have any case unfortunately. I think the timing belt labor is correct, thermostat replacement is is about right but the belt/ sensor charge is high, belt was off to replace the t/belt so there is no additional labor, the fan belt was off any way, the cooling system was drained so replacing the switch is only another 15 minutes. Call other shops in your area get estimates and perhaps ask the shop to explain charges for fan belt replacement since the belt was off any way and the higher charge for switch replacement seeing as cooling system was all ready drained.

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    Visitor, June 18, 2011, 09:08

    Yeah I signed a repair order only after I payed them. Day one they gave me the estimate, I gave them the okay to repair the car. End of first day, they call tell me the car is fixed and ready to be picked up 20mins before they close, I showed up and they said the paperwork was yet to be done and to show up tomarrow around 10am. So i go home and show up the next day, sit around for about an hour while he writes everything up , shows me the bill, I sign it because there's no other way of getting my car back.

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