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#1 Old 05-27-2012, 03:12 AM
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Air conditioning problem-does this cost seem right or am I being had?

We have a 2008 Nissan Versa Sedan with 110,000km on it. The past year we have had problems with the AC. A few months ago, it stopped working again so we brought it in to out local mechanic. He thought at first there was a hole in the hose but he couldnt find it. After a lot of inspection and trying different things he came to the conclusion the compressor is gone.

So I ask him for a price to fix it and he wants $1600. So I guess my question is, am I being taken for a ride here? I did some research and places like rock auto sell the part for around $300. As do a lot of other places I have looked. Is this part extremely difficult to install where it would amount to around $1300 in labor? Is this figure in the right ball park? Like sheesh I dont want to pay $1600 for air conditioning...but its soooooo hot outside I would like it back for cheaper obviously

Any comments or advice would be most welcome!
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A friend of mine had a similar issue in his Grand Prix but they charged him a little over $1,000 for his but I'm sure it cost a lot more than $300 for his. Took a full day for him as I had to drive his ass around that day lol.

Granted vastly different cars so it will be different and where we live here the cost is living is lower so if you live in a sub or city I could see around $1600 being about right.

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we had a mercury sable that needed an AC compressor, total was 800.00

call around other places and see how much they charge to replace the compressor.

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As you pointed out, a new AC compressor runs around $300, or you can get a re-manufactured unit on ebay for $225, Also need to fill the compressor with oil. You would also need to replace the evaporator too which is around $100. Then a recharge at a local shop $125. Or roll the dice and go with a used compressor on ebay $100, no evaporator and recharge for a total of $225 plus your labor.
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wow so expensive mine goes on and off too lol. My usual remedy if it goes off i leave the speed at 4 then drive. Usually it turns on after 5 mins or when i get to the freeway. It only does this on a very very hot day. Every time i bring it to a shop the fan works lol so I can't get it checked out.
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how many hours does it take to replace the compressor?

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wow so expensive mine goes on and off too lol. My usual remedy if it goes off i leave the speed at 4 then drive. Usually it turns on after 5 mins or when i get to the freeway. It only does this on a very very hot day. Every time i bring it to a shop the fan works lol so I can't get it checked out.
You may want to add some refrigerant and see if it that fixes the problem Any local auto parts store will have the refrigerant and installation gauge. They do have refrigerants that include stop leak additives.

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It should be more or less $800 - $1,000. You are getting hosed I think.

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You may want to add some refrigerant and see if it that fixes the problem Any local auto parts store will have the refrigerant and installation gauge. They do have refrigerants that include stop leak additives.

Quest/32 oz. of refrigerant and 4 oz. of Sub-Zero booster A/C recharge kit (322) | Freon Charging Kit | AutoZone.com
We are in Canada... there are pretty strict rules on who can purchase and handle refrigerant. Can't buy without at least an ODP card here. Get caught with refrigerant and no license and its a big fine.

That does sound somewhat steep... OP where are you located/what shop?

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