So, I already had a (terrible car) Chrysler PT Cruiser bite the dust this year and now my loaner car — for the time being — is also having issues.
For about three months I’ve been driving around town (NOT on highways) in this Cadillac and the back end of the vehicle feels like it’s rolling from left to right as I drive. It’s not bad at 25mph, but on expressways where the speed limit is 45 to 50 mph the car wobbles so much I look intoxicated.
I finally brought it in to a shop to see what the deal was and they tell me the rear-upper knuckle and bushings need to be replaced: “they are worn and very loose.” They also explained to me that I can’t buy one without the other (knuckle without a bushing and vice versa). Then I asked how much that repair might be and the garage said the estimate was $2,163.
Flabbergasted, I asked why it was so much. They told me it was because the parts that need replacing will run about $750 each (and I need two, I guess) plus labor and wheel alignment.
First big question: Are they just trying to take all my money? I did a few google searches and found results varying in price (between $35 and $280) for the part I think they’re talking about.
Secondly: If they’re asking too much, how much should I expect to pay?
Thirdly: This Cadillac has 137,558 miles and a few other minor issues. Is it worth fixing at all?