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My tow vehicle - 2001 Chevy Suburban - has been diagnosed with some issues: wheel bearing replacement and some seals that are leaking. Also, the hood latch is breaking and should be replaced. Total cost for everything: ~$1700.  Also need some new tires. The vehicle has 165k miles on it. I wasn't planning on buying a weeroll trailer and not only does this impact when I can purchase the trailer, it reduces my emergency fund and makes me worry this is a money pit. 

If I trade it for a van, I would have to wait several months because I will not finance and I will be working on a very tight budget.  I also have physical limitations that prevent me from finishing the interior (walls/ceiling/floor) of a cargo van so I'd have to pay someone to do it.  I fear buying a used cargo or conversion van because I wonder if I'll be trading one problem for another. 

My options as I see them: 
1. Sink the $$ into the Suburban and convert it for living and hope I've fixed all the major issues it might have for a while. Then consider a cargo van later if I can afford it. 
2. Get rid of the Suburban and buy a cargo van, have someone finish the walls, floors and ceiling and hope the cargo van doesn't develop mechanical issues. 
3. Same as #2 but get a conversion van which I won't need to have finished. 

Thoughts?
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My opinion - get a second or a third quote on the repairs.

You didn't mention which seals need replacing or how badly they are leaking but $1700.00 for 'wheel bearings, some seals and a hood latch' is way out of line.

If you got a written quote, post it here so we can see exactly what the mechanic wants to do!

Wheel bearings are not a hard thing to do so that shouldn't account for much of the quote. A hood latch that's breaking?? I've seen them out of adjustment but actually breaking is pretty rare - and a used hood latch from a wrecking yard can be put on quite easily if indeed the whole thing needs to be replaced. Depending on the seals that are leaking, sometimes it's cheaper to just keep the fluids topped up conscientiously rather than do an expensive replacement.
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(12-26-2017, 10:40 AM)Almost There Wrote: Undecided My opinion - get a second or a third quote on the repairs.

You didn't mention which seals need replacing or how badly they are leaking but $1700.00 for 'wheel bearings, some seals and a hood latch' is way out of line.

If you got a written quote, post it here so we can see exactly what the mechanic wants to do!

Wheel bearings are not a hard thing to do so that shouldn't account for much of the quote. A hood latch that's breaking?? I've seen them out of adjustment but actually breaking is pretty rare - and a used hood latch from a wrecking yard can be put on quite easily if indeed the whole thing needs to be replaced. Depending on the seals that are leaking, sometimes it's cheaper to just keep the fluids topped up conscientiously rather than do an expensive replacement.
It's the left front wheel bearing and the quote on the bearing is $600. He didn't say which seals are leaking but I'll find out when I pick it up. The hood latch I notice is "dangling" inside the cab. The quote for that is $400. Obviously I'm not the mechanical type so when someone says something can be easily replaced... Big Grin
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Those prices are just plain outrageous IMO.

Do NOT let that mechanic start on anything!
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(12-26-2017, 11:01 AM)Almost There Wrote: Those prices are just plain outrageous IMO.

Do NOT let that mechanic start on anything!

I'm not. I told him to change the oil and fix the turn signal. Funny thing is I've been going to this guy for a few years and he's always been reasonable. Very high Yelp ratings.
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I've found another highly rated mechanic and will try to get it there soon. Even if the cost of the repairs are less, unless it's significantly less, it still impacts my choices.
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Just found this website while checking on average costs for Suburban wheel bearing replacements:

https://repairpal.com/estimator/chevrole...ement-cost

Here's the link to the main website:

https://repairpal.com/estimator

I've never used them, just found the website but it looks interesting to me, if for nothing else than checking quoted prices against their website.
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(12-26-2017, 11:46 AM)Almost There Wrote: Just found this website while checking on average costs for Suburban wheel bearing replacements:

https://repairpal.com/estimator/chevrole...ement-cost

Here's the link to the main website:

https://repairpal.com/estimator

I've never used them, just found the website but it looks interesting to me, if for nothing else than checking quoted prices against their website.

That site lists parts alone being between $189 and $412 dollars? For one set of wheel bearings? INCREDIBLE! I would go to a reputable parts store inquiring about the price of a set, and if they are also that high, I would certainly ask why they are so expensive. I remember replacing wheel bearings for under $30 per side. You get one inner, and one outer per wheel. Are they made from Gold today? Dodgy
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(12-26-2017, 12:05 PM)Ballenxj Wrote: That site lists parts alone being between $189 and $412 dollars? For one set of wheel bearings? INCREDIBLE! I would go to a reputable parts store inquiring about the price of a set, and if they are also that high, I would certainly ask why they are so expensive. I remember replacing wheel bearings for under $30 per side. You get one inner, and one outer per wheel. Are they made from Gold today? Dodgy

Checking auto parts store, the prices I'm seeing are $125-$175.
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(12-26-2017, 11:46 AM)Almost There Wrote: Just found this website while checking on average costs for Suburban wheel bearing replacements:

https://repairpal.com/estimator/chevrole...ement-cost

Here's the link to the main website:

https://repairpal.com/estimator

I've never used them, just found the website but it looks interesting to me, if for nothing else than checking quoted prices against their website.

Then $600 doesn't seem so far off.  The hood latch is only $60 so why $400 to replace?
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