I have a 2004 PT Cruiser that has suffered through many years repair. I am now faced with replacing control arm bushings. Approx 60K on the vehicle. $370 plus tax. Does this sound reasonable for a car of this age?
Are you asking if the price is reasonable, or if needing to replace the control arm bushings at 60K miles is reasonable?
Who is suggesting this repair?
I am asking if it seems reasonable to replace for this year vehicle. My mechanic is suggesting.
Normally I’d say no, but I don’t know the conditions under which the vehicle is driven.
I’ve never (yet) had to replace a control arm bushing on any vehicle, regardless of mileage.
What’s wrong with the bushings?
Among the bigger problem areas on these trouble-prone cars, Consumer Reports does list the suspension on the '02, '03, and '04 PT Cruiser as being “Worse Than Average” to “Much Worse Than Average” in terms of frequency of repair.
So, although none of us can examine the car’s front end, it does not seem to be that unusual for this car to need front end repair work after only 60k. And, if you frequently drive on rough pavement, that makes it even more likely.