Lately my car has been making some really loud metallic clanging noises at the front end whenever I hit a bump or sewer cover with enough speed (>20mph). I’ve taken it to 2 mechanics and both have said that the front subframe (holding the engine) is rusted and broken. I’ve seen it myself and it looks to be in bad shape, so I’d like to get it changed, but I’d rather shop online to find the part for cheaper than $600. I believe these results look the most promising (sorry for the long link) : http://www.car-part.com/cgi-bin/search.cgi?userSearch=int&userPID=1000&userLocation=Northeast&userIMS=&userInterchange=B%3D%3FA>&userSide=&userDate=2007&userDate2=2007&dbModel=18.104.22.168&userModel=Nissan%20Sentra&dbPart=477.1&userPart=Engine%20Cradle&sessionID=600000000000000000265227341&userPreference=price&userZip=11223&userLat=40.597&userLong=-73.9734&userIntSelect=1280874&userUID=0&userBroker=&iKey=&userPage=3
What sort of questions should I ask to be sure that the part is in good shape? Just the mileage and bushing condition? Also, must the part be from a 2007 Sentra, or can it be newer? Lastly, I was offered a quote for the labor at $350, does that sound reasonable?
Thanks in advance!