27 July 2007
The price is wrought
Or at least the person paying it will be put through the wringer.
After the World Tour, I noticed that the little red cap on top of the coolant reservoir (not the tank itself) had a crack in it. Oh, it screwed down tight enough, and I never lost any of the precious green fluid, but on the basis that "this can only get worse," I asked the parts guy if the cap could be ordered separately from the actual reservoir.
He looked, and discovered he had one in stock, and although it was yellow, it was still a perfect fit. (Apparently most Nissan-built vehicles use this same reservoir cap.) Having just had the oil changed, and noting that the oil filter cost somewhere in the single digits, I figured this little piece of threaded plastic couldn't be too awfully expensive.
In fact, it was $10.21. Plus tax.
Lesson learned: parts you never replace cost a heck of a lot more than parts you replace all the time. For comparison, I looked up the vacuum pump on the cruise control, something I've never heard of anyone having to replace, and it was upwards of four hundred bucks. After replacing the front catalytic converter on this wee beastie a mere 5000 miles after replacing the pre-cat, I looked rather forlorn, and asked if the rear cat was next. Said the service manager, he's never had to replace a rear cat. According to Alldata, the rear cat costs $684, a fair chunk more than its brother in front. What's more, aftermarket replacements evidently someone has had to replace a rear cat come in upwards of $500.
On the other hand, Mazda part prices, as I recall, were even stiffer than Nissan's, so maybe I shouldn't complain.Posted at 9:27 AM to Driver's Seat