I think these questions have been covered in varying ways, but I just wanted to get a feel for whether I should be paying what I'm being asked to pay for my service. I don't have a place that I can do work on my car (live in an apartment with a parking garage), so I am pretty much stuck taking it into the garage, even for spark plugs, etc.
2002 Subie WRX/turbo. 130k miles.
So, I think I'm going to hold on to my car for a while, and as such I called around to get an estimate on a timing belt and spark plug replacement, neither of which have ever been done.
So, I was shocked to hear an estimate of $1100 from my local guy for timing and all other belts, water pump, and seals. They've always done good work at a low price, and I definitely trust them. 5 stars from over 50 people on Yelp, which is a strong vote of confidence in my book. . Also quoting me almost $300 bucks for spark plug repair, and mentiond that often when they change the plug they find other problems in the spot. A lot of the estimate comes from the turbo and associated difficulty getting to belts off, accessing plugs.
I don't think the garage is trying to rip me off, but does this just mean they're not great at doing WRXs, so takes them longer? Is it worth taking it to the dealer? Price is similar there (I live in NoVa, high labor prices)
Is this price a rip off?