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My Mother In-laws Car1 999 Buick Century Has been taken care off at all times. Every 3000 miles-Tune Ups- Brakes-Filters-and so on. Everything has been taken care of in this car. But all of a sudden my mother in law is driving and she has NO brakes.She took it to the same person that has been working on the car since she got it brand new. She had to have it towed. He told her that another car like this had to be junked cause it was to much labor to have them replace the beaded lines (says they run near a part of the Sub-body and are in the way of fuel lines So it was more expensive (Labor wise) to fix it then the car was worth he said. Well it was the same for my mother in-laws car also. Her car only has 74,000 miles on it. I cant believe that no 1 has complained to Buick about this and having to junk/total a car because of this. Please if anyone knows what i am talking about. If we can do something or is this just a fib to get her car and do the work and sell it??

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  • Zaraki Oct 24, 2010

    Is there a brake warning light on, and how much brake fluid is in the master cylinder?

  • alysiakeimig Oct 24, 2010

    Im not to sure on the light coming on at all.. There was some fluid in the cylinder. they saids its to much Labor to replace them in her car
    #1 where it is located in the front more of the motor
    #2 its intertwined with the Gas lines.
    #3 its in the sub frame of the car i believe they said
    #4 the car isn't worth as much as the work for it to be done. The work is more expensive then the car is worth they said.
    #5 the car only has 74000 miles on it.
    #6 always taken care of it with its brakes oil ETC but i wanna know if they took such good care of it Wouldn't they have seen something going on before??
    She just had it in for Tires and some service work also.



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As long as the body is in good shape than there should be no problem fixing a rusted brake line. They don't have to look pretty or be routed in the exact same position as the old one. In fact many times I leave the old lines in as not to disturb the other lines around them. All they have to do is work. I have fixed many brake lines in GM cars than where in mint condition and rusted out beater for less than a couple hundred dollars.

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  • alysiakeimig Oct 24, 2010

    The car is in perfect condition . in and out. I told her as me being in the auto business working for Goodyear Firestone and also having our family Auto Service Center for 50 years till loosing it in the 3rd flood we had. I said go somewhere else or go to a deal and see if they know of any of these problem with the cars.Get different places to look and see what they say. Nope and its even family that work on the car and charge full price also. I just cant believe that they would do that to a 2nd cousin that they see often.

  • Angel Rondon Mar 23, 2011

    You need to have the car taken to someone who knows what they are doing. Not such thing as junking a car with 74 K because of rusted lines.

    Bring me the car in the summer, I ll get those lines on. Just joking. You can buy the darn lines in auto zone for a few bucks and install them if you are handy. That job should not go for more the 350 doing the whole car.



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