Took my 2009 Toyota Camry (50K miles,4-cyl) for an oil change at a dealer. I was surprised to find out many issues with my car shown in a multi-point check report as I do not drive excessively. The major concerns are:
- excessively low engine oil level (more than 1 quart but I saw no warning light for this): the dealer recommended diagnosing excessively low engine oil level ($145)
- front strut(s)/shock(s) leaking: the dealer recommended replacing both front strut(s)/shock(s) plus performing alignment ($930)
- front sway-bar bushings worn: replacement ($270)
These price quotes seem expensive to me but are they actually decent quotes? The first one was recommended in my last visit as well so the problem remains, but what could be the reasons for low engine oil level? Are they expensive to be fixed?
As to the last two, from a hindsight, I do recall that recently when I do u-turns my car gets a bit unsteady but I did not hear any strange noise. There are lots of speed bumps in my neighborhood. Would it be unsafe to continue driving with these three conditions locally and on freeways? And what would be better and more cost efficient ways to get the problems well fixed? I researched online and some said that some technicians may not be that familiar with Toyota parts so they ended up taking their cars back to dealers for repair after going to independent repair shops. Are the three conditions mentioned here recommended to be fixed at a dealer (I heard it’s better to go with genuine Toyota brake pads but not sure about the others)? As someone who doesn’t know much about cars, your suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!