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Is $2000.00 a fair price to install a computer , coils plus labor for a 2005 Mazda tribute

Car was missing and could not accelerate to a high speed. Car after driving a short distance came to stop. Had be restarted each time with the ignition key.Multiple lights lit on dash.We kept moving until we got the car to a repair shop

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Ignition coils I priced on eBay for V6 is $65 they would not take more than 1hour probably about 30mins to install which is $60. Is the mechanic certain it needs a new computer or can you trouble shoot backwards? I found price for ECU (computer) www.autopartsfair.com which puts max price at $516 for the part avg $199 lets give the benefit of doubt that it takes 2 hours to install and calibrate i am assuming $150 / HR. i would estimate and 25% premium on parts $1100 would be my estimate. To me the fact you could keep driving makes me think the computer is ok and the problem is mechanical. For me I would start from basics replace the spark plugs the ignition coils are not expensive significant dinner them as well. The injectors could also be the issue but see if the car is good with new sparks and coils. Then check injectors they can usually be serviced but if need replacing around $65 each probably a mechanic would charge around $100. I would ask the mechanic why he thinks it is the computer and coils first if answer not satisfactory get another mechanic to look at it.

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    Ignition coils I priced on eBay for V6 is $65 they would not take more than 1hour probably about 30mins to install which is $60. Is the mechanic certain it needs a new computer or can you trouble shoot backwards? I found price for ECU (computer) www.autopartsfair.com which puts max price at $516 for the part avg $199 lets give the benefit of doubt that it takes 2 hours to install and calibrate i am assuming $150 / HR. i would estimate and 25% premium on parts $1100 would be my estimate. To me the fact you could keep driving makes me think the computer is ok and the problem is mechanical. For me I would start from basics replace the spark plugs the ignition coils are not expensive significant dinner them as well. The injectors could also be the issue but see if the car is good with new sparks and coils. Then check injectors they can usually be serviced but if need replacing around $65 each probably a mechanic would charge around $100. I would ask the mechanic why he thinks it is the computer and coils first if answer not satisfactory get another mechanic to look at it.

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