I wish I could claim I was drunk but while dead sober I just agreed to have my former Saturn dealer replace my radiator upper & lower hose for $307 the thermostat for $108 and they said my front brakes were “metal to metal” and needed new pads and rotors for $243.00. This kind of confused me because nearly every time I had the darn thing in a shop for oil change or whatever I asked the brakes be checked in order to avoid this and now suddenly the rotors are bad from really light driving.
I brought the car in because my temp gauge showed red while downtown and the water was a little low. I let it cool off and drove back. The dealer looked at it and said I had a “split seam” on my radiator. Well I had all the above work done and low and behold the temperature gauge did the same exact thing on the way home, work its way up to the “red” area and then settle down a bit. They showed me a radiator with a slight crack in the plastic side while I was there but being charged $88 for changing a thermostat when the radiator seemed a bit much - their labor 3 hours for all above seems to be $100 per hour I think they have gone up since my last visit.
I feel pretty bad since I just paid $700, more than what I could sell the car for probably but I thought the results would make worry free - far from it. They agreed to take another look at it but I am not sure exactly what attitude to take if any.