I have an 04 dodge stratus. It’s running again now the only problem I’m having is water come on the floor while it rains but the engine seems to be doing great.
It just that I find it shameful the fact that most mechanics rip you off with their insanely high prices. I was almost at the point of trying to get a new car.
My car had problems with the engine and overheating. So the first mechanic I took it to only put water in the coolant system and said it was just air filled up. It worked ok for about a week then it started overheating again. So then he replaced the thermostat and housing he calls it, the job was $500. Ok so it works for about a week. I take it back
To him and he says he can look at again but it will cost me again. So at that point I got irritated and just didn’t come back.
The I went to another shop that is more professional. And the guys tells me that it was a radiator problem and water pump which would cost me $1,600 and then it thought it probably was the head gasket also but he needed to do that job first. So i was almost at the point of just going to a dealer and getting a new car and paying monthly payments.
Then my dad thought about a cousin of his that used to work on cars. I went all the way out of the city to get to him. He said it was just the So I didn’t even need a water pump and the head gasket was actually fine! I bought the part for $100 and he replaced it and also my brake line because it was rusted. And now the car is performing excellent. The coolant isn’t leaking anymore and no overheating or anything. And he only charged me $150 but I gave him $200 because I really appreciated his honesty and extremely reasonable price. so my car is fixed for $300?
I know this long but it’s just a shame people rip you off and try to suck so much money out of you. I would have been out of like $2000 or probably more because I was close to just getting a new car.