Good evening everyone
I took my 2009 Toyota Camry to the dealer for inspection and to check on the source of an oil leak that a local valvoline identified
The dealer told me that the engine timing cover is leaking, found waterpump “seaping”, recommends immediate repair.
“customer has been advised and understands these recommended repairs should be performed immediately, as some are safety related concern, and some may result in additional repairs.”
They also found “ball joints leaking grease, lower control arm bushings separating, rear swaybar links and bushings worn”
Recommend reseal timing cover and replace water pump --> $1408 plus tax
Recommend replace ball joints, lower control arms, rear swaybar links and bushings --> 2145$ plus tax
I feel like i was about to be hosed so i declined, and am getting a second opinion
My question is - I have 121k miles on it - and im getting a 2nd opinion from an independent garage. if it does indeed have all these problems, how quickly should I address these and in what priority?
Also - in the long run does it make sense cost wise to repair these things if the independent dealer agrees with the above assessment?
It’s been a pretty reliable car thus far, I’ve enjoyed no monthly payments for the past few years, and I would hate to take on additional payments as the dealer obviously threw out the option of trading it in (for $4000 was their offer) which means more business for them
thanks in advance.
by the way, i told them that I declined the recommended repairs, and wanted an inspection, and it passed inspection which leads me to question them even more about how the statement in the printout that says “SOME ARE SAFETY RELATED” – if it was that imminent, wouldn’t it not have passed the state inspection/emisions and safety?