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Service Engine Soon - Light came on - Took to

Service Engine Soon - Light came on - Took to Saturn Dealership and was told the following:
Breather Hose - Colapsed
Torque Axis Mount - Colapsed
Ignition Switch Assembly Worn Housing - needs service
Cyl R - needs service
O2 Sensor #1 - Failed
Radiator - Seaping, Leaks
Upper Hose
Lower Hose
Belt - Worn
Plus Brakes need to be replaced

Cost to repair all approximately 2500. I have not
as yet decided how I will handle
this. In the process of checking around for a mechanic
who is reliable and honest.

If I drive the car with the "Service Engine Soon" - what is the worst that can happen?

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$2500 sounds ridiculously overpriced. heck i just bought that same car for 2000. The brakes are simple to do. If you can change a door nob you can change your brakes (even the rotors). auto zones sell "Haynes manuals" for vehicles, tells you step by step, with pictures how to do anything with your car. rotors= $50, brake pads= $20. The collapsed breather hose is very simple. just go in to auto zone, tell then your problem and they'll set you up, for probably under $10. If I'm not mistaken a breather hose is about 3 inches long and can be changed in about 30 seconds by hand. Your timing belt, like hippycy said is a concern, if you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself (part costs $25) then take it to a shop. Don't let them tell you they have to do all kinds of work to change the belt. Its simple on that model car and anyting more than $300 is nothing short of robbery. You might as well have them change the 02 sensor while your there, but they are also inexpesive and easy to do yourself. Saturns are particulary designed to be easy to self-maintence. An o2 sensor simply screws in, easy to find and access. Just go buy a $20 Haynes manual and mull it over, jump on and look up the parts costs. (they also lend you ANY tool you need for any job, just got to put a deposit down in case you decide to not bring them back)

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It must have been a slow day at the dealership. The breather hose and the O2 sensor should be looked after fairly soon because they will have an effect on your gas mileage. The Torque Axis mount should be planned as well but as long as you are not drag racing you should be okay for a while, it buffers the twisting motion of the engine. I don't know what a Cyl R is but a phone call to the service manager should get you the info and you can make up your own mind from there. The radiator, coolant,hoses,belt are all something that can be done in the driveway, if and when they need to be replaced. Since you didn't mention overheating the rad leakage can't be too serious. I'd check closely myself to see where it's wet. If it's around the hoses, tighten the hose clamps first and see if the leaks go away. Unless the hoses are cracked or cut into I wouldn't panic. The coolant can be done when you do the rad and hoses if they are really needed. If the belt is cracked it should be done, if it's not don't panic. If the brakes aren't making any noise you have some time but they will need to be done.As long as you aren't having any trouble inserting the key and starting the car I wouldn't lose any sleep over the ignition switch.I don't think you should have too much trouble driving but I would get working on it soon. Getting a second opinion, especially on the brakes, would be a good way to find a reliable honest mechanic.If you think he sounds too much like the dealer then you should probably go elsewhere. Check with friends, fellow worker mates, even try your local auto parts stores. Hope this helps.

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