What he is telling you is correct. The unit is replaced as a single component and it isn't cheap.
My question to you is this. Does it still work? The reason I ask is because of the mileage on the vehicle. What has he quoted you for the repair? If the cost for this repair is almost equal to the value of the car, I wouldn't recommend having it done unless you plan to keep the car for another 100K, and yes it will make it if maintained. If the only concern is the noise but everything still works, I would live with it (again because of the year and mileage).
Let me know what the quote was he gave you and we'll go from there.
Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 AT 10:00 PM