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I just got a quote for many repairs to my 1990 coupe. First off, the front and back struts and strut mounts, bearings need to be replaced. $915.00. Steering rack and pinion needs replaced. $430.00. Total: ~$1350.00. Can anyone comment on the validity of these prices? I won't even go into the "total brake overhaul-front and back" price or the "you need new tires" price. <P>Thanks,<BR>CTR

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Just ordered from <A HREF="http://www.autopartsgiant.com" TARGET=_blank>http://www.autopartsgiant.com</A> <P>[strut]Frt.; SENSA-TRAC $62.37<BR>[strut]Rr.; SENSA-TRAC $73.86<BR>Front TORQUE STRUTS/MOUNTS $27.96<BR>Rear strut mounts are simply rubber gromets and are not that expensive and probably do not require replacing. <P>Close out sale at Tire Rack $43 <A HREF="http://www.tirerack.com/tires/yokohama/yo_avsi.jsp" TARGET=_blank>http://www.tirerack.com/tires/yokohama/yo_avsi.jsp</A> used to retail way over $100 they will wear fast with UTQG of 160 but will be an outstanding tire!!!!<P>The strut replacement parts run approximately $330 with FREE SHIPPING so they are asking $586.62 for installation and allignment.<P>So unless you are dating or married to your mechanic and doing income splitting for tax purposes you are paying too much! $250 installation is about right.<P>Go for a second opinion in my opinion.<P>For rotors see... <A HREF="http://www.jcwhitney.com/productnoitem.jhtml?CATID=56706&BQ=jcw2&_requestid=16122" TARGET=_blank>http://www.jcwhitney.com/productnoitem.jhtml?CATID=56706&BQ=jcw2&_requestid=16122</A> <BR>Front $15.98 Rear $18.98 each just to help you compare some other part prices.<p>[ 06-06-2002: Message edited by: Easily Distracted by Shiny Objects ]

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Robert's comments on the strut prices is accurate. Whether the strut mounts require replacement is another matter, but I suspect that if they do, you will see your bill rise. As to the steering rack, they are about $100 + shipping plus shipping the core. I have both Reatta and Allante which use the same rack. Bought reman on Ebay 2/$150 to my door. They are really not that hard to install. You will want to check the tie rod ends/boots when you do. You will also want to look at the sway bar links. What's the point of renewing all these ride-sensitive items if the sway bar is not performing up to snuff. As the 90 does not uses a standard end link, I am still looking for a source for urethane end links. You might be able to measure the sway bar bushing footprint and diameter of the bar to order the right urethane one from a source like JEGS or JC Whitney.

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