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The car I'm referring to in this email is my 1999 S70 T5. (not my R). The S70 had a sway bar failure..so I repalced the REAR bar.<p>i took my car to a volvo dealer to get my rear IPD sway bar installed. <p>dealer had said over the phone it would be a $60 install.<p>my wife dropped the car off to do the sway bar install along wtih an oil change. they fed her some line about "we thought you said sway bar end links, this is a full sway bar and it's more work"...blah blah blah...<p>they ended up charging $200 to install the rear bar. this was not the FRONT bar, JUST a rear bar.<p>is that BS or is that job really worth $200? i want to know if i should call back and raise hell. <p>if the $60 was way underpriced, and they were only raising thep rice to what was "fair" then I don't mind the misquote and subsequent price hike. fair is fair. but if the job really only merits $60-100 and they just jakced it up to screw her/me over - then i plan to say something.<p>i nkow the front bars are supposed to be harder..but isn't the REAR bar plug/n/play...just bolts right on? or am I wrong/<p>thanks.
 

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Re: sway bar install rear (23109VC)

It's a good one and a half hour job.<br>What's the labor rate out there now, $125 an hour?<br>Not too out of line
 

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Re: sway bar install rear (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">It's a good one and a half hour job.<br>What's the labor rate out there now, $125 an hour?<br>Not too out of line</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Jim, you're right, but they told the guy $60 for REAR swaybar endlinks?<br>They don't even exist on his car, and they had to have known this....I think this is a case of "bait and switch" if you ask me.
 

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Re: sway bar install rear (MadeInJapan)

This one did not require a Volvo dealer, any schlump would have, should have done the job
 

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Re: sway bar install rear (23109VC)

WOW that sounds like a lot of money to me...<br>I had all sway bars, End link, plus Timing Belt, tensioner, spark plugs, and wires replaced for $350 labor only from an indy mechanic. <p>
 

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Re: sway bar install rear (23109VC)

I had both done with HD links. I will check my bill at home tonight and add another post.<br>Cheers, Peter
 

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Re: sway bar install rear (PeterD)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>PeterD</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I had both done with HD links. I will check my bill at home tonight and add another post.<br>Cheers, Peter</TD></TR></TABLE><p>That's nice but the S70 (sedan) which is being talked about here has <B>no endlinks in the rear</B> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> The swaybar "back there" look's like a bar with a right angle on the end and it attaches to existing parts under the car. <p>Below:<br>top is the rear swaybar<br>bottom is the front swaybar<br> <IMG SRC="http://www.ipdusa.com/Images/categories/FrontWheelDrive/swaybars850.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>Here's an image of how they go in:<br> <IMG SRC="http://www.volvospeed.com/richpics/RearSway.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>So with NO ENDLINKS, is $200 to much to pay to install a bar with 3 bolts?? That is the question here.
 

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Re: sway bar install rear (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">This one did not require a Volvo dealer, any schlump would have, should have done the job</TD></TR></TABLE><br>What in the world does that have to do with it? The man asked for a repair and the service guys misunderstood him.<p>If they included and alignment then that's not a bad deal. If not it's maybe a little overpriced but not highway robbery.
 

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Re: sway bar install rear (Beiner)

Man...I made out like a bandit. My friend installed the front and rear sway bars on my '98 V70R and it only cost me a bottle of scotch and a 12 pack of Sam Adams!
 

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Re: sway bar install rear (soledoc)

Always a good deal, as long as he doesn't enjoy them <I>too</I> much until after the work is done!<p>When I had my failed stock rear sway replaced with an IPD a few months back, my mechanic did report that they had to remove and reattach the rear control arms to install the new ones, which they don't have to do with stock ones. Whatever that means... they said it was no hassle, just took a little longer. I don't have the paperwork in front of me, but I think they charged me somewhere around 120 for labor on the install, and recommended alignment, which I don't recall the charge on.<br>
 

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Re: sway bar install rear (kageryu)

Further to my post above, I finally dug out my bill. I was charged $208 to install front and rear IPD bars and HD links, 2 hours. However, several other things done at same service, so did they prorate their time some? This was at Volvo dealer in Santa Rosa (Smothers). They treat me and several other members pretty decent, even though their rate is high. Aslo give 15% discount on all parts, acces. and materials with VCOA membership, like many other dealers do.<p>If you got a 4 wheel alignment also, you did well. I hope this helps but does not hurt! Regards, Peter
 
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