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Old 03-18-2008, 07:16 PM   #1
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Default Cost of repairs: Motor mounts + Rear Main seal

My 01RS is finally starting to show its age. Had a leaky rear main seal for about 6 months and now have a broken motor mount. Car has 130000 and also still needs a timing belt.

1. Anyone have an idea on the cost for the broken mount and or rear main seal?

2. Is it worth repairing? As in, should I just trade it in while its still running?

I really want to buy a new vehicle in the next year. The car is worth between $3800-5700 and I owe about $2700 on the car. Any insight is much appreciated. TIA
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Old 03-18-2008, 07:28 PM   #2
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Rear main seal=6.0 hours of labor+parts(roughly $40-50). Motor mount set should run you around $150 or so, and labor should be around 2.0 hours. Shop rates vary from $60-100/hour, depending on whether you want a dealer to do it or an independent.

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Old 03-19-2008, 10:02 AM   #3
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Assuming it's a manual, is the clutch original? You might want to consider having that done while they've got it apart to save some on the labor. I got about 145k out of the clutch in my old Legacy, although I think whoever owned it for the first 50k wasn't exactly gentle on it.

Wouldn't hurt to see what a dealership will give you in trade in its current state, and you can weigh that against the repair costs. The place where I traded in my Legacy didn't even ask about its service history, aside from whether the clutch had been replaced at some point. They either didn't notice or didn't care about the couple of rust spots, worn out suspension, or the fact that it was rollin' on bald snow tires.
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:32 AM   #4
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The motor mount is a fairly easy fix you could do yourself if youre inclined.

The rear main as above is a lot more work and youd definitely want to do the clutch package while youre in there.

If it were me Id repair the motor mount myself and then try to live with the oil seepage until I traded it.

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