Bet seriously, where did you have that muffler put on? A general mechanic or an actual muffler shop? Call a muffler shop and get a quote.
Even after you used a C-clamp (or special tool) to compress the pistons in the caliper.Yes, that was the reason I spent 4 hours trying to get it in, because I thought I might not be compressing the caliper piston enough. When the 6 inch reinforced steel C-Clamp broke when I was trying to crank it down more is when I decided to go check the brake pads out!! The new/correct set went in like butter.
Brake pads…I learned the hard way by the name brand ones. One time I bought the cheap o’ ones. I spent like 4 hours trying to put them on. I decide to go to another store and get another pair to compare. The cheap ass ones where like an inch to thick!
On the mufflers - yes, I did a little browsing online and found a muffler at half-price that would have worked. Still, from what I found from friends around here, $280 is not a bad deal for a muffler job.
Only if you keep your engine in good shape with regular maintenance.
As for exhaust...pfft. Put a stainless system in and you'll never have to touch it again.
$98 apiece for sedan tres sounds high unless you are buying Goodyears or something. I put 4 new ones on my F-150 for about $420 or so at the Ford dealership and I got 75,000 miles out of the last set.
"I would like to highly commend the owner and service personnel at your Kingston, New York store #381. I recently had an exhaust problem on my Toyota Camry, and the previous owner told me that only a Toyota dealer could handle this problem. So I went to a Toyota dealer and was told that the flex pipe I needed would cost over $600, and with labor the bill would come to over $750! As I walked out, I pointed and said, "I'm not gonna pay a lot for this muffler pipe!", and I headed for my local Meineke shop like I should have done in the first place. I explained my situation to Joe and Jeff who took my car in immediately and checked the problem. They found an alternate source for my expensive part, ordered it, and had me back on the road in no time, and saved me over $300!! These guys are real pros, very friendly and helpful, very professional, and just a pleasure to do business with. Next time I'll know where to stop first!"
Paul R, Kirschenheiter
Rhinebeck, New York
Moving in the opposite direction, island species have also displayed a marked tendency to shrink in size -- a process known as "dwarfism" -- though "Mini-Kong" would probably be a flop as a sequel.
$200 rear tires replacementIs this a truck or Z rated tries? If it is just a "car" then I would say you paid way way to much.
$280 muffler replacementUhh hell no. Check your invoice, make sure you got that right. I could get three mufflers replaced and installed for that price around here(that is if my car was not stolen and I had a car to put it on!).
and $22 on brake pads...That is a decent deal.
What do you think I did as soon as I read that?