I would ask about the labor on the brakes just to be sure. I have attached a rough estimate on a rear brake job. Depending on the area. Parts. It may vary a little. But this will give you an idea. If it is less then you are getting a good deal.
The job if you add the things up is about 5 hours. Will it take that long. No unless there is a problem.1 hour is a little close.A couple of hours is probably close. But again you never know what you will get into until you are there and you want them to not feel rushed so they can do a good job. A caliper bolt could be frozen and take a little to get out. Then you would want them to clean it up or replace. You want them to look around while there to maybe catch something before it happens.A lug nut may not want to go on smooth. So instead of just ramming it on to save time and get it out of there, I would want them to work with it, clean the threads etc so you don't' have a problem trying to take the tire off in the middle of the night, in the rain, cold, and the lug nut is stuck or bad. Because that is when it would happen.
Well, as cars get older yes, the sounds will change and there will be more squeaks etc.
By doesn't run smooth could be many things. Tires, needs a tune up. Like you said though.7 years. It seems like a good car.
Well, my only concern is where is the coolant going. It isn't a major concern since your temp gauge is doing fine. But you want to know where it is going. The fluid you say from the AC was probably just condensation. A good rule is when you are pulling into some place to stop always look at the pavement to ensure what is there. Preferably dry and clean. Then when you come out to get in as you are walking to your car you can do a quick visual and see if any part is on the ground or any fluid without even loosing your pace. If you notice something, then check it out.
Again, sounds like a good vehicle and you have taken care of it.
Last, looks like you may have some recalls on your vehicle. The dealer may fix these for free. Please contact the dealer service department, give them the VIN number of your car and have them check on these to see if they apply to you.
Recall - DTC P0401 EGR Flow/EGR Port Clogging
Campaign - Automatic Transmission Warranty Extension
Campaign - Seat Linkage Inspection/Modification
Campaign - Horn Plate Bolt Torque
Recall - Shift Interlock Repair
Recall 05V025000: Ignition/A/T Shift Interlock Defect
Recall 04V256000: Instrument Lamp Dimmer Defect
Recall - Rear Seat Belt Buckle Non-Compliance
Recall 01V380000: Rear Seat Belt Buckle Defect
Friday, December 19th, 2008 AT 11:25 PM