This happened a few years ago but I need to get this off my chest.in 2005 i purchased a 1987 Nissan 200 SX for a steal.
The only catch was it had absoloutely no stopping power. Brake pedal traveled all the way to the floor. Bear in mind at the time i did not know as much as i do now about car repair. I took my car to strauss auto on route 37 eastbound in toms river, nj.
Dropped it off that morning then my GF took me to work. Later that day i recieved a call with an estimate on what needed to be done. i was told i needed a whole new brake system. Lines, calipers, rotors, pads, the works.
the price tag was about $875 dollars. The mechanic wasn't happy when i told him to put it back together and that i'd be there later in the evening to pick it up. Naturally wanting a second opinion i took the car to someone i could trust (at great personal risk mind you. driving 40 miles south on the garden state parkway with no stopping power is not a good idea).
I took it to my back alley mechanic friend whom never steered me wrong. he stuck his brake guy on it. all it took was a pop of the hood and a cursury glance at my brake master cylinder to tell me it was cracked and that fluid was leaking out which is why the system could not hold pressure (why i had no stopping power). i traveled with another mechanic to a local junkyard with another mechanic and procured a master cylinder from a 240-SX, got it back to the mechanic, whom told me "come back in an hour".
When i returned in an hour i sat in the car with it running and imagine my delight when i pressed the brake pedal and felt the pads tighten on those rotors. total cost parts and labor you might ask? $65 DOLLARS AND A 12 PACK OF BUDWEISER! no mind you in a normal shop such a repair would prob run you in the neighborhood of $300 which is still a far cry from almost $900.
the point of this story is strauss tried to soak me for things i did not need. I actually worked with someone that was a former employee of strauss in a mechanical capacity and he told me that they intentionally try to "up sell" services and repairs that a customer did not need. He naturally left that job because he was too honest for it. Of course when i went in and confronted them about it they had no idea what they were talking about.
never.... ever... EVER take your car to strauss. FOR ANYTHING!!!
they will charge you for work you do not need and your car will still not run right when they back it out of the bay. i am SOOO thankful i know what i know and can do what i do with cars now so i can avoid having to use people like this. also... a little tip for people out there?
do your self a favor and invest in an OBD2 scanner. you can actually buy one at strauss or any other auto retailer. an entry level model will run you about $60 - $100 but it is definately worth it. you can scan your check engine light for the problem code.
most entry level models will even tell you what the code means right on the unit. this has 2 obvious advantages. 1) You will know what the problem is before you take it to the shop so you can test the honesty of your repairman. and 2) most shops charge an hour labor just to take the 2 minutes out of their day it takes to plug in the scanner, read the code and tell you what it means.
also the entry level models have the ability to clear the code (turn off your check engine light) i use an Actron brand scanner and it works just great. one use of the scanner and it pays for itself.
hope i was able to help someone with this information.thanks for reading.
Review about: Brake System Repair.