Question about 2005 Toyota Camry Solara
I took my 2005 Toyota Camry to the dealer for routine maintenance today, and they called me back saying my front control arm bushings are tearing out. The guy I talked to said one bushing has already torn out, and that I should have this repaired ASAP for $900, plus an alignment thereafter. The car has just over 50,000 miles on it, and I haven't had any major problems with it to date. Is this a common problem, in a Toyota with 50,000 miles on it, even if the roads where I live generally have a lot of potholes (which I avoid as much as possible when driving)? In addition, I'm told that my front outer brake pads are sticking, so the inner pads are wearing faster than the outer pads, and to repair this would be $320. They would also like to clean and adjust my back brakes for $66. I just recently moved, so this is the first time I've worked with this dealer before.
I have a 2005 Camry with only 35,000 miles! I brought it in for a "check up & oil change" today and they changed the cabin air filter (3rd time this has been changed since 2005) replaced front brakes & rotors. which cost me $384 today.
then they tell me i need to have my front lower control arm & bushings replaced for.$703.96! I asked how urgent and they told me i shoudn't go more than a few weeks before i have the work done. i told them i needed to think about it.
i purchased an extended warranty..i will be checking to see if covered.. is this a new rip off that mechanics are trying to make extra $$ in the bad economy? Any suggestions appreciated.
I've been working at a Toyota dealership for a long time and I have never seen lower control arm bushings wear out at 50k..or 100k for that matter, unless the car had been in a major accident. If they were bad you would have heard a lot of clunking noises driving over bumps and turning.
I think you should find another dealer and get a second opinion.
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