I have a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am SE - I don't know the engine size, but I am sure it is more likely than not a 6 cyclinder. My water pump needs to be replaced. Initially, when I called for an estimate, I told the person I spoke with I thought my car was a 6 cyclinder. When I took my car there, he checked it and said he thought it was a 1. Something liter engine but in actuality, it is a 2. Something liter engine. I know cyclinders, not liters. This change in the " liter" took my repair estimate from almost $300 and 1 1/2 hours of labor to almost $500 and 5-6 hours of labor. Am I being ripped off? What's the difference between a cyclinder and liter? What size engine DO I have? It sucks that this happened around the Christmas holiday because I am strapped for cash. Other than running hot while idling and when the coolant is low (which I keep an eye on religiously), I do not notice any other problems (i.E. Noises, etc.). Can I make it until the beginning of January to fix this?
Thanks for any help you can give me. Jean Grant.
Monday, December 11th, 2006 AT 7:22 AM