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    Yea,.. I've got a few spots of rust here and there too. lol





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    R.I.P. PCB's chassis, at least you can count on rust to keep it together!

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    I have to drive very carefully.

    I've become part of the crumple zone.
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    I'm all about DIY... There's very little I will pay someone else to do. AC is one, just because the equipment to do it correctly is very expensive and I can't justify spending that kind of $ for personal use. Windshield glass is another one of those. Safelite quoted me $215 installed for a new windshield (even though I never got it done lol). My time is worth more than that to me, I'd rather pay someone else to hassle with the glue, the glass, etc. Plus if it leaks, you call them, they come back and fix it. If you miss one little spot you can end up with all sorts of wind noise, water leaks, etc.

    Just not worth the extra hundred bucks to DIY, but that's just my .02

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    I'm gunna call a couple more places, if I can get then to do it for 200 then I'm gunna just have them do it. So far I've been quoted about 300 to 350, I just can't justify spending that much. I've put the bare minimum into this car, the most I've spent on 1 part was like 140 for the intake. I got a bunch of spare parts for free with that too, thanks JackieChan [emoji106]

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    Quote Originally Posted by STudMUffin1177 View Post
    I'm gunna call a couple more places, if I can get then to do it for 200 then I'm gunna just have them do it. So far I've been quoted about 300 to 350, I just can't justify spending that much. I've put the bare minimum into this car, the most I've spent on 1 part was like 140 for the intake. I got a bunch of spare parts for free with that too, thanks JackieChan [emoji106]
    By all means, shop around. 200$ is pretty much going rate for most common cars.

    I agree, it's not worth DIYing. You'll spend close to the extra hundred bucks on urethane, tools, etc. And if you screw it up and break the windshield, sucks to be you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrGiggles View Post
    And if you screw it up and break the windshield, sucks to be you.
    I've seen Safelite do that before. Guy was pi$$ed because he had to drive all the way out to orlando to get another windshield. Felt bad for him so I bought him lunch...

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    Ya if rather be they guy buying lunch haha, I'm prone to breaking things that I'm supposed to be "fixing"

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    My dad used to say "If it ain't broke don't fix it !!"

    I'd say "Don't worry, I'm sure I'll break something while I try to fix it !!"

    I tend to learn stuff the hard way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcb View Post
    My dad used to say "If it ain't broke don't fix it !!"

    I'd say "Don't worry, I'm sure I'll break something while I try to fix it !!"

    I tend to learn stuff the hard way.
    Sounds a lot like me and my grandpa in his shop haha lots of busted knuckles and lots of trips to the parts store

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    My closest parts store is about a half hour away. So I'm the type to take everything apart to truly diagnose exactly what's wrong and what I'm going to need, so I can get all the parts at once and get it done. It's a lot more efficient to work that way, rather than just guess and either have extra stuff, nor not enough stuff. Actually takes longer that way.

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