I was just told by the mechanic at my local chain maintenance spot that the struts and front wheel bearings on my '05 Mazda3 need to be replaced to the tune of $1000, parts and labor. I have heard some clunking noises when I go over bumps and potholes, but I don’t really hear any other noises on the road.
- Am I potentially getting suckered out of $1k? The car has only 101,300 miles on it.
- Is not getting the struts and/or wheel bearings replaced immediately a safety issue? How long do I have before I have major problems?
- Should replacing the struts and wheel bearings cost $1000? I need this car to last me at least 3 more years, and I’m sure I’m going to have to spend a lot of money to get it that far, so I’m trying to avoid unnecessary repairs.
Any and all help appreciated!