08-08-2006, 11:47 PM
My antenna broke clean off so I went ford bought a new mount asked the service man how
much to fix it he said I t would take 1and a half hours rate or $125.
I fixed it in 15 minutes myself in the heat saved $125.
removed dome light housing undid screw pulled off old mount replaced with new mount
put back dome light done!
08-08-2006, 11:49 PM
good god. they were gonna charge u that much? just to put in an antenna mount? thats rediculous.
08-08-2006, 11:52 PM
God, i hate the STEALERSHIP's. they just charge boat loads of money ripping people off. Good job on not getting it done there and Doing it yourself.[thumb]
08-09-2006, 12:06 AM
WTF? Are you sure he understood what you were asking him to do?!
08-09-2006, 12:13 AM
same, it took me 10 minutes and they wanted to charge 150. all you have to do is drop the dome light and you see the antena base/connector
08-09-2006, 12:14 AM
Dear god, I can't believe they bill that as 1.5 hours? I replaced mine too, cost about $8.12 for the part, and less than that amount of time to lose the old and install the new!
Maybe Ford suggests their Techs remove the headliner to access the mount's base?[screwy]
08-09-2006, 12:15 AM
Originally posted by faulkton
an hour and a half!?!
They don't actually go by "time". I'm not sure on EXACTLY how it works, each place operates differently, but it would go something like this:
Removing dome light: 15 minutes
Replacing the antenna base (plus the cost of the new one): one hour
Re-installing dome light: 15 minutes
One of my friends took his Taurus to Pep Boys to have the heater core replaced, and they billed him one hour for every step. It ended up costing him a small fortune.
08-09-2006, 12:30 AM
I am still laughing how easy that was... to change
I have a focus Sport long antenna blue see my gallery should I change it to a small one?
Ideas on what would look best !
08-09-2006, 03:44 AM
Back in the day (20 yrs ago), I worked part time in a little garage a friend owned. He actually had a book that assigned prices to jobs. Don't know if they still do that today.
Unless under warranty, there is NO WAY I would bring my car to a dealership for work. I dont care how many awards, medals, plaques, Emmys or Oscars the dealership has. Their hourly cost is way too high. I'll stick with my friends garages.
08-09-2006, 03:53 AM
I'm looking at getting the 2006 Audi A3's nub of an antenna. That'll look mighty fine.
08-09-2006, 07:15 AM
Yes, there is a book that designates how many hours a given job should take.
This is like when my ex g/f went to get her brakes done at the kia dealership, and they wanted to charge her $550.00. I bought the pads and rotors for i think around $50 - $100, and did them myself. Took me all of an hour.
When my antenna mount broke I replaced it with my XM antenna and wired up a powered aftermarket radio antenna that stuck neatly on my windshield right behind my mirror. [thumb]