2003 GMC Envoy Replacing steering column

Tiny
K_BEV87
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  • 2003 GMC ENVOY
  • 6 CYL
  • AWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 60,000 MILES
Hello,

I have recently placed my beloved Envoy into the hands of a new mech. Who came highly recommended to me by a family friend. I dropped my car off on Wends night so he could begin repairing a switch on my steering column that controls the wiper function. However, as he got into it he discovered that the local Midas franchise who did some work on my steering column a few months prior, hacked up all my wires and neglected to secure many screws and covers. This sent the mech into a hissy fit! He was very angry with me on the phone. Saying, "I would have never taken the car if I knew this was going on". Yada yada, anyway I decided to have him replace the steering column. For the work he quoted me at about 1000 dollars. My question, how long does it typically take a qualified mech to remove and replace a steering column for my model SUV?
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Saturday, January 10th, 2009 AT 8:13 AM

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Tiny
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I don't care how good of a mechanic is. You have to remember who the customer is and control yourself. While I understand his frustrations, you may be better off elsewhere.

The cost depends on the column he is installing and what has to be repaired. Is this a used column? New column?

$1000 wouldn't surprize me.
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Saturday, January 10th, 2009 AT 8:22 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for the reply. This column was the original steering column from an 03 envoy
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Saturday, January 10th, 2009 AT 4:08 PM
Tiny
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So it was a used one you are replacing it with.

I would think the labor would have to be $200-300 as a guess aside from diagnosis and the part would be around 600-750 I would think.
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Saturday, January 10th, 2009 AT 9:44 PM
Tiny
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[quote="k_bev87"]Electrical problem
2003 GMC Envoy 6 cyl All Wheel Drive Automatic 60000 miles

I priced the used coloums at 38-250 dollars max i am doing a coloum on a 97 cavalier tomorrow so i was already in the locator.
i am low end but i charge 100 labor and have it done usually in a cpl hours i would say anything over 550 is a total scam and thats if hes buying the highest dollar used part
http://www.2carpros.com/articles/mitchell1eautorepair-car-repair-manuals go there put in your info and you will know what the costs are of your used part
and to know if hes honest make sure yyou know where he got the part it may be listed on there with the price.
also make sure if you get the part yourself that the yard dont charge you more than this locator if they try tell them you pulled the price from the locator
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Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 AT 6:23 PM
Tiny
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Total Scam?

$370 part based on a cost of $200. 2 hours labor at $70 an hour give $140. With the labor is $510, tax to boot is $550.

Yeah.I agree. Had to do the math. Lol.

I thought the cost of a used unit would have been closer to $500. Cool you checked!
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Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 AT 7:04 PM

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