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Hi everyone, new here to the site. Recently I bought my daughter an 02 turbo beetle. The car is in excellent shape. Lately it's been acting up so she brought it to a dealership and she has a laundry list of repairs. R&R throttle body, needs new waterpump and timing belt, coolant flange , 1 cv boot left inner, control arm bushings and strut bearings. All for $3000. Personally I think it's on the steep side. I've priced everything and it comes to about $800. I'd do the work myself but I'm in NY and she's in the Orlando area. Any good honest mechanics in Orlando?
 

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Welcome Breebug :wave: Greetings from northern Virginia!

Dealerships tend to really charge a lot of money for repairs. If you can locate an independent mechanic you will most likely reduce that quote. I'm sure someone down in the Florida area will have a trusted mechanic that they can recommend to you and at the very least it would be a good idea to have a second opinion on all those repairs.
 

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Thanks for the welcome

Personally I've never had anyone wrench on my vehicles. Whether it be car , truck , or harley. I do t think the beetle needs all those repairs but when a young girl takes her car to the dealer all they see is $$$$$$. I told my daughter to see an Indy mech but he still wants $750 to install TB and water pump timing belt. He says high cost due to reflash ECM for TB. And that's me buying the parts myself.
 

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Jacksonville, FL checking in!
Welcome to the org family. Mighty glad to have you here with us.

You're a smart Dad... makes the rest of us look good:cool: Yep, the automotive forums are the modern-day "shade tree mechanic". The per-mechanic information is the best tool you can ever get these days... saves you a ton of money and even gives you knowledge to do it yourself.

Us FL beetle owners are a tight knit group- we look out for one another, helping with repairs, getting you to a reliable mechanic and even sourcing out parts. David, screen name VDubYah, is very VW savvy and lives in Orlando. He also has a VAG-COM. I'm not sure if He has the version to flash the ECM, but He does have one. I can't speak for Him, but I do know He is very helpful. If you can get your daughter involved in the forums, that would be helpful too- just having Her informed is peace of mind for you, your daughter and your budget:)
 

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Jacksonville, FL checking in!
Welcome to the org family. Mighty glad to have you here with us.

You're a smart Dad... makes the rest of us look good:cool: Yep, the automotive forums are the modern-day "shade tree mechanic". The per-mechanic information is the best tool you can ever get these days... saves you a ton of money and even gives you knowledge to do it yourself.

Us FL beetle owners are a tight knit group- we look out for one another, helping with repairs, getting you to a reliable mechanic and even sourcing out parts. David, screen name VDubYah, is very VW savvy and lives in Orlando. He also has a VAG-COM. I'm not sure if He has the version to flash the ECM, but He does have one. I can't speak for Him, but I do know He is very helpful. If you can get your daughter involved in the forums, that would be helpful too- just having Her informed is peace of mind for you, your daughter and your budget:)
Thanks Scarab I'll look for David. Rob
 
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