Just wanted to share something with all those Dopers who always assume that auto mechanics are overcharging them.
I was cruising thru our shop yesterday and saw a car being worked on that looked almost completely gutted. Asked the tech working on it what happened to it. It seems like the heat exchanger for the air conditioner needed replacing.
Well, this sounds like a simple job; the exchanger costs a little over $100, so it shouldn’t be to expensive to put in a new one. Yeh, right.
These are the steps required:
Remove dashboard. This requires that the center console (where the gear shift stuff is located) be removed. This requires that both front seats and the floor carpet be removed.
The following two photos show what the car looked like after these steps were completed. Looks like a grenade went off in the car.
The poor guy is going to pay well over a thousand to get his air conditioner working again.
The modern auto designer is the auto repair shop’s best friend.