So last week my 2003 mazda protege had the engine cut out as I was pulling out of my driveway. Unable to restart the vehicle I called a local repair shop to ask if they could take a look at it.
After having the car towed to the dealership I recieved a call from the service department. They indicated that the car needed a new Alternator and estimated the cost to replace it at $608.00.
I told the service manager that that seemed kind of high. He said that it was due to the diffulty in getting to the alternator (later he said it was due to the fact that their was alot of rust in that area).
Because I had already had the car towed I decided to have him do the work.
In the meantime I called two mazda dealers and three smaller repair shops to get estimates for the same work. They all quoted me significnanly less money, from $150.00 to $200.00 less.
So does $608.00 seem a bit of an excessive price to pay to swap out an alternator in a 2003 mazda progege with a 2.0 liter engine?
I have replacing an alternator that had some rusted hardware. It seems to me that all they would need to do is to spray some WD-40 or Break Free prior to removing any rusted hardware.
Anyway am I wrong to think that they charged to much money for the work they performed? They installed a refurbished Alternator which cost $279.00 and billed me for $311.00 in labor costs, plus $20.00 in shop supply fees.