Last night: towed the car to my usual (chain, sadly) garage for a look. They say I need 2x upper ball joints, 2x outer tie rod ends, front brakes, wheel alignment and 1x lower ball joint.
May 2008: had the whole front end repaired including new front brakes.
September 2008: had the front ball joints and tie rods replaced, new tires put on, and some other front end repairs. (Note: when the garage looked into my car's history, they claim that they did the rear ball joints, not the front. Either they're lying or else they did the wrong work the last time, either way not amused).
December 2008: had to replace coolant housing, thermostat, oil pump, etc.
TODAY: they want me to pay them $1700 to fix everything they claim I need. Or, I can pay $500 to get the car back on the road. This will be a repair of only the ball joints and tie rod ends.
What I want to know is, should I give them ANY money at all or should I have the car towed to another garage? Is it really safe to only do the minimum work?
Finally, is this worth repairing at all at this point?
Please help! :)
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 AT 9:11 AM