I took my 2006 VW Rabbit in for regular oil.

  • 114,000 MILES
I took my 2006 VW Rabbit in for regular oil change. The dealer did an inspection and found the following repairs were needed (recommended): right side axel boots, left side axel boots, transmission oil pan and a vacuum pump, for a total repair cost of almost $2,000.00 There has been no evidence of any oil leaks in my driveway, nor any other indication that anything is wrong when driven. I just had this car into the dealer for an oil change about 5,000-7,000 miles ago and nothing was said at that time about any of this. Does this sound legitimate? Should I get a second opinion from another repair facility?
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Friday, November 2nd, 2012 AT 6:00 PM

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Yes - I would take it to a front end shop first. I attached the only pic I could find of the boot they are talking about. The boots are full of grease and you would could see the tear for yourself. The grease would sling and be stuck to the bottom of the car and other components so it may not drop on the drive way. The boots need to be changed as they need to grease to move around and those are your axles and move fast.

The shop may be able to tell you if they see the transmission leak as well, if not, then take to a couple of trusting transmission shops. You have time for both. Check with the better business bureau for good places to take you car and also check with friends. The car is about 6 years old so it about time for things to start needing repaired though it sounds like you have taken good car of it.

Hope this helps
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Friday, November 2nd, 2012 AT 8:35 PM

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