I happened to stop by the dealer on my way home last night to pick up some differential fluid, and asked the SA what a complete set would cost. He said between $1300 and $1400 depending on whether I needed new sensors or not.Originally Posted by Slykmr
So here's the way I figure this, economically anyways.
I paid ~$600 for all the parts from BA inc. sensors. I will buy some other bits and pieces (brake lube, etc) I need next week at NAPA and lets assume that is ~$50 (I'll give a detailed itemized cost in my write up). So $1300-$650-my time=$650 savings.
Also assume worst case it takes me or someone 4 hrs to do their whole car. That's an implied labor rate of $162/hr for my labor. If I can do it quicker the implied labor rate is even higher.
So, from an economic standpoint, if I can make >$162 (after tax dollars) an hr doing something else, then it makes sense for me to use the dealer. If not, and I have the ability change them, then it makes sense to do it myself.