This is kind-of-a head scratcher. [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]
The wifes 99 Blazer (2 wheel drive) front wheel bearing sounded like it was going out. Apparently GM decided that the old-style "spindle-inner/outer bearing on the rotor" was just too dang simple to leave alone.
No, they replace it with a non-serviceable hub that costs $485, and lasts around 60-70,000 mile!!!!! [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img]
Well, I have an non-factory extended warranty (very good so far).......but they will only give me $250 towards the hub, and requested the dealer to use an aftermarket hub if available. WTF! [img]images/graemlins/deal.gif[/img]
Here's where it sucked. No aftermarket hubs exist in the area, even if they did it still was ~+$400. [img]images/graemlins/chair.gif[/img]
I called a few machine shops in the area, and was also told the hub was not serviceable even if they could get the bearing. [img]images/graemlins/chairfall.gif[/img]
I then authorized the GM hub and paid the difference. They knocked 10% off when I mentioned I can get the hub from GMPartsDirect for ~$300. (I had printed out the part/cost but I knew they will not match $). [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
He actually said, they could not complete with GMPartsDirect......even at the list price + the shipping addon. [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]
The warranty $250 would have been easier to swallow if I did not have a $100 deductible, which was now included since they worked on it! [img]images/graemlins/ooo.gif[/img]
The labor to install the hub was a joke. It's like changing the rotor. PRobably 20-30 min. Max, They charged the warranty 1.5 hours. [img]images/graemlins/spank.gif[/img]
In all, all I had to pay was the ~$250 difference and a $49 alignment (they replaced the pitman arm, which was covered %100 by the warranty) + tax.
I am a firm believer in www.GMPartsdirect.com
, but using them this time would not have saved me any $ since I was able to use some of my warranty.
It just torques me off how much these dealers mark up thier prices on parts! And I'd like to smack the GM Engineer who decided non-serviceable parts are better. Probably a bean-counter endorsed the change! [img]images/graemlins/crybaby.gif[/img]