A dealer is the best place to have a car repaired as long as the dealer has certified mechanics - and most do. However, a dealer is not cheap, but paying a little more may be worth it in the long run. A dealer has access to a massive data base related to your specific car - as it relates to problems - upgrades - and common failures. 188000 miles is well beyond the life expectancy of a fuel pump for your car so it very well may be the problem, but testing it is the key to solving your problem - a dealer has that capability BEFORE they replace a part - a mechanic usually does not. A dealer also uses factory parts, not aftermarket, which sometimes is important.
A fuel pump failure is not a hard thing for any mechanic to diagnosis. It will be cheaper to take your car to a mechanic, but if it is not a fuel pump then it is unlikely a mechanic will be able to diagnosis the problem as fast as a dealer.
BTW dealer mechanics are mechanics too. They are just more specialized in one make of car - in your case it is a Toyota.
Keep me posted and good luck
Thursday, November 20th, 2008 AT 1:06 AM