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Quote for shock / strut install.

I got a $400 estimate. Is that a reasonable price? I didn't realize it is a 4+ hour job for a shop.


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I got a $400 estimate. Is that a reasonable price? I didn't realize it is a 4+ hour job for a shop.
HELL no. Once the car is on a lift, shocks will take about 20 minutes, struts are a little longer because of the springs, maybe half an hour.

Probably 1.5hr if the tech knows what he's doing, 2hr if they're reading the manual.


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Agree its an easy install however shops charge somewhere around 4-6 hrs typically. If you have a driveway, jack and some jack stands the install is really easy. I just did my 06 GT, full suspension pkg (shocks, struts, springs, sway bars, etc) in the driveway, took about 7 hrs (had to remove the convertible frame bracing. It really is quite simple. Then go get an alignment. Best of luck.

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That's not a 4 hour job, but it is what they will charge lol

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Labor at the dealer is $180 an hour, and most decent shops aren't a whole lot less expensive. So your answer really depends on the area you live, I'd say that is a good price based on labor charges I see in San Diego.


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+1 on doing it youself. I did my springs a few weeks ago with a buddy. It's not hard. An impact driver makes it tons faster.

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That's pretty high. I had springs, shocks, struts, GT500 mounts, and a panhard bar installed for less than you were quoted.

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Hmm. The same shop did my gears for $400 (and did a great job) which I know is reasonable. Maybe he was including the alignment. I only got a quick quote with him via a text msg. I'll have to check back and clarify. Thanks all

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Most shops here around Omaha charge $500ish. Shocks are super easy, just make sure they are torqued down appropriately and a friend would be helpful to keep it from spinning. Struts aren't that bad either; just swapped mine Thursday. I did my install in the garage; shocks took about 20 minutes and struts about three hours. I don't have a spring compressor though and have never done it, so I just took it to a friend at the dealership and got them swapped to the new struts for free. Even if a shop charges you to swap the springs, it shouldn't be much because it only takes them about 15-20 minutes. Save yourself the money and learn in the process. Here is a good guide that I used:

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I got a $400 estimate. Is that a reasonable price? I didn't realize it is a 4+ hour job for a shop.
Sounds about right if the alignment is included. I got around the same quotes from a couple different shops in the Los Angeles area before I moved.

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I have a great relationship w/ the shop that did mine and they have done exhaust work on probably 4 of my cars, and any work that I cannot do myself or don't know how (brakes etc which I want to learn ASAP). I was shocked when I got my bill. It was $175.00 total. $100 for labor and $75 for alignment. The mechanic told me straight up this was an easy job for him and took just over an hour for the install and that's it. I was super happy about it but I don't think that's the norm. OP if I were you I'd check around for at least 3 quotes.

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I have a great relationship w/ the shop that did mine and they have done exhaust work on probably 4 of my cars, and any work that I cannot do myself or don't know how (brakes etc which I want to learn ASAP). I was shocked when I got my bill. It was $175.00 total. $100 for labor and $75 for alignment. The mechanic told me straight up this was an easy job for him and took just over an hour for the install and that's it. I was super happy about it but I don't think that's the norm. OP if I were you I'd check around for at least 3 quotes.
+1 I agree with choate

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OP,

How about you go to the ATM, take out $400 and lay the cash in front of you on a table. Now you have two options:

I.) pay the shop $400 for labor.

II.) take about $250 of that and buy some tools (assuming you don't have any in the first place) that will allow you to do this job yourself (its really pretty straightforward and anyone that has ever pulled off a wheel or changed oil can do this without a whole lot of heartache)

The best thing about option II is that now you have the tools to help you do other tasks in the future. So its not really a cost, its an investment.

... or you can pay a shop hundreds of dollars to do something you can do in your own driveway in an afternoon. Up to you.

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OP,

How about you go to the ATM, take out $400 and lay the cash in front of you on a table. Now you have two options:

I.) pay the shop $400 for labor.

II.) take about $250 of that and buy some tools (assuming you don't have any in the first place) that will allow you to do this job yourself (its really pretty straightforward and anyone that has ever pulled off a wheel or changed oil can do this without a whole lot of heartache)

The best thing about option II is that now you have the tools to help you do other tasks in the future. So its not really a cost, its an investment.

... or you can pay a shop hundreds of dollars to do something you can do in your own driveway in an afternoon. Up to you.
III. I'm 51 years old, well aware what $400 looks like, married with a wife and 5 kids and LOTS of other stuff to keep me busy besides learning to do something and buying toos for a task I will likely never do again.

I am aware I have the option to do the job myself and if I wanted to, I wouldn't have asked about the quoted price. I'd rather pay someone else and have the day for other stuff.

I'm not sure why some here need to be all high and mighty on DIY and condescending towards those of us who choose to pay others to do certain jobs on our cars.

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Agreed. If I had a lift (or access to one), pneumatic wrench, etc. things would be different. I don't. I do basic maintenance, & mods, and leave it at that.



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