The Evils of Car Repairs

The other day on the way to work I noticed the SRS warning light was on. For the unaware, this is the airbag light. So I figured today was as good a day as any to go get it fixed. I also decided it was time for new tires.

The good news? The "SRS control module" as they called it was covered as a warranty repair. The list price on one of those was quite high. But the fact that it needed replacing meant I've been out on the California roadways with no airbag available since last week :)

The bad news? The tires were $200 each, and the front brakes were also down to 0.97 millimeters. For the clueless, this is essentially nothing left on the pads. So I had to add that on as well. The total repair cost: $1100 or so. Big ouch.

Someone please tell me how these newer cars are supposed to cost less in maintenance when tires and brakes alone run well over $1000?
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on Jul 30, 2007 9:28 pm by Samson in: | 4 comment(s) [Closed]
There are tires more expensive and hard to get than my tires? Wow.

OTOH, I enjoy having an 8 year old car that's never required anything more than a new set of tires. So, yknow.

Damn, I knew California was expensive, but those prices are worse than what I'd have to pay to get tires and brakes on my brand new 2007 Nissan Armada, and it's got some big expensive tires. :(

You really didn't need to pay $200/tire. You could've gone to Walmart and gotten the $75/tire ones. Of course you're not like us rednecks, out fixing our own cars, so I'll forgive you this time.

I could indeed have gone to Walmart and paid $75/ea for tires but they would have lasted 20,000 miles and not withstood my driving habits. Much like the crap parts I used to buy for the Prizm because it was old and beat up. That car paid me back in spades for having treated it like shit. I'm not about to do the same with this one.

The shocking part is, I've been told I got off cheap. That "sport performance" tires could have run me up to $500/ea depending on the brand. So for what I got and the 60,000 mileage rating they have I think I did ok.

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