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Old 09-01-2014, 07:12 AM   #1
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Toyota Mechanic Recommendations, Renton?

My '96 RAV4 needs a clutch job: 2WD, 5spd, 200K miles, good mechanical condition overall.

I figured it'd be about a $1000 job, but the 3 estimates I received (2 from reputable service shops, 1 from a dealer) range from $1700 - $1900, plus tax.

Two questions for those in the know:
1. Is $1000 unrealistic for such a job?
2. Any recommended shops or independent mechanics for the service? (I'm relatively new to the area, so was relegated to Google hits, yellow pages & advertisements for the estimates above.) Hoping to find that unadvertised "good guy" & potentially establish a long term automotive relationship.

Appreciate any advice. Extra credit for shops to avoid as well. Post or PM.

Thanks Guys!
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Old 09-01-2014, 08:35 AM   #2
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You have to drop the cradle/subframe to do it so there's quite a bit of labor involved. Good quality parts should run around $400 for a clutch kit and rear main oil seal. Then you have to turn or replace the flywheel as well.
If you were closer to Bend, OR I could help you out.

Whatever you end up doing, don't skimp on the job by letting someone use cheap parts.
This will most likely be the only time you have this done, so make sure you get someone that will use good parts even if it means spending a few hundred more.
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Old 09-01-2014, 10:32 AM   #3
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Was Mathewsons one of the quotes ? I know they do top notch work but will probably charge high for it .
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You have to drop the cradle/subframe to do it so there's quite a bit of labor involved. Good quality parts should run around $400 for a clutch kit and rear main oil seal. Then you have to turn or replace the flywheel as well.
Whatever you end up doing, don't skimp on the job by letting someone use cheap parts. This will most likely be the only time you have this done, so make sure you get someone that will use good parts even if it means spending a few hundred more.
Agree on the quality parts; nothing but genuine Toyota parts on all previous maintenance (brake booster, distributor, timing belts). Labor costs, however, were quite varied, with anywhere from 9hrs to 14hrs for the job.
I also agree this will be the only time for the job. The unknown is whether or not the rest of the vehicle will hold up, or if I've reached the "nickel & dime" phase of its life. Been a good, actually a great, car for us (original owners).

Is the procedure any less involved for my 2WD vs. 4WD? (Was hoping the high quotes may have been for the more prolific 4WD).

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Was Mathewsons one of the quotes ? I know they do top notch work but will probably charge high for it .
Did not quote Mathewson's, but will give 'em a ring. Thanks for the vector.
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Is the procedure any less involved for my 2WD vs. 4WD? (Was hoping the high quotes may have been for the more prolific 4WD).
Yes, there would be less labor for the 2wd for sure! Double check those quotes.
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^^ Oy! ^^ Never knew about repairpal.com.

When I enter my own ZIP code, I get a range of $1645 - $2265 for a 2WD clutch replacement. Suddenly, $1700 doesn't seem so bad!
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Was Mathewsons one of the quotes ? I know they do top notch work but will probably charge high for it .
About $1800 plus tax....so right up there with the rest of 'em.
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I suddenly feel a lot better about driving a 4runner over a RAV4.. my last clutch cost me $400 at my mechanics shop. You might consider moving on, or if you want to drive... Crosson's auto repair in lake stevens is one of the only mechanics I trust.
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I suddenly feel a lot better about driving a 4runner over a RAV4.. my last clutch cost me $400 at my mechanics shop. You might consider moving on, or if you want to drive... Crosson's auto repair in lake stevens is one of the only mechanics I trust.
Worth the drive for the right guy (just under an hour away); will give them a ring.
Moving on is a bit of a commitment since the Rav is very solid otherwise. Plus, part of me wants to see just how far it will go!

Internet led me to "Mr. Clutch" with 3 metro locations. They've rung in at around $1200 & use OEM parts.
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