- Jan 21, 2005
- Charlotte, NC
Took the 2000 Dodge GC in to my local indy yesterday for service and state inspection. Oil change and filter, Pan drop, new filter and 5 qts of ATF-4, check the brakes for a slightly soft pedal. Normal service, no issues. Cost - $233.39 . Last year I did a similar job on the 94, cost was oil, 5 qt's Peak [email protected] $1.80=$9, Motorcraft FL1A filter, $3.67, tranny filter, $14.88, 5 qts ATF+4 @ $4.27=$21.35, state inspection, $30. Cost - $78.90 Butch billed 2 hrs labor, $110, reasonable. Would have taken me ~3 hours. The difference between $233.39 and $189.90 is tax and misc expenses. Doing it myself, I would have saved 154.49. I'm not complaining, Butch's shop is less then 2 miles from the house, he is an excellent mechanic and totally reliable. I'm a car guy and an x-ga pilot. He is also a car guy and an ex-military chopper pilot. We always have stuff to talk about. The reason I had the work done is because health issues have limited my ability to crawl around under a car out in the driveway. The good news is that I have this great auto shop nearby and I'm still able walk most days. I like to count blessings, even the small ones.