Clutch and clutch cable


I thought the clutch went out in my 94 Pontaic Grand Am. You could put the car in any gear accelerate but the car didn't move. So I had it towed to the shop. The shop called after looking it over and said the clutch cable went out and needed to be replaced. So I authorized the repair, estimated repair parts and labor at around $900. The shop called back today saying after replacing the cable they took it for a test drive and now the clutch itself has gone out and needs to be replaced. Another 600 dollars. I'm not happy. Is this normal for the clutch cable and the clutch itself to go out at the same time. Shouldn't the shop have known upon the intial inspection and diagnosis of the car and that the clutch was bad as well as the cable? What choice do I have now but pay for a clutch job? I owe the shop $900 but the car still won't drive without shellling out another $600. If I had know the total repair cost was going to be $1500 dollars I would have just junked the car. I feel like I was setup and I'm getting ripped off. What's your expert opinion? Am I wrong?

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Friday, May 4th, 2007 AT 9:58 PM

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