I've taken a completely different approach.
I carefully choose my car/truck then buy it assuming 99% of any problem / maintenance it may have. My life is 100 times less aggravating now that I don't have to deal with incompetence, arrogance, and high prices that's *normal* at most car repair places / dealerships. If that means I gotta buy some scan tools. Fine. If that means I gotta do some internet research on how to fix it. Fine. If that means I have to do the work myself. Fine.
I've even recently replaced a part on the ranger that would have been covered under warrenty. It cost me $75 too. But just the fact that I did'nt have to deal with a dealership, taking off work, and being aggrivated by them **maybe** not finding the problem was well worth the cost to me. Shoot.. with a R-F search, $75, and less than three minutes of my time I had the problem resolved. (bad IAC & resetting the computer)
I find this attitude so much easier and cheaper then dealing with shops. Especially dealerships.
Good shops w/good workers are very far and few in between. There are a few out there. But not many. And unfortunately it's very hard to tell unless you have first hand experience with them.
He who is enslaved to the compass is free to sail the seas
Last edited by wydopnthrtl; 04-05-2008 at 07:24 AM.