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How much should it cost me to have 2 Oxygen Sensors replaced?

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How much should it cost me to have 2 Oxygen Sensors replaced?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 3 years ago.

ted ritter :

Hello, the labor seems to be reasonable, the sensors seems a little high for non OEM sensors, it's almost the same as the OEM, but still less than the dealer which gets about $180 labor. Did the engine light go off or is there still a problem?

Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 3 years ago.
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Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 3 years ago.
I checked with Autozone and they list the sensors from between $80-$109.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
<p>Thanks for your reply, Ted. First, the "check engine" light is is off.  So I trust the problem is fixed.  I checked with a local (northeast NJ) Advance Auto Parts store and the sensors list at $99 for one and $110 for the other. </p><p> </p><p>I like the mechanic who did the work for me (first time I used him). I've heard good things about both his honesty and quality of work. I just don't like to rely too much on the word-of-mouth opinions of people I don't know. Your answer to my question is important because I need to decide if I will use this mechanic again. If his prices are a bit high, I can live with that. If his prices are unreasonably high and I'm getting ripped off, <u>I can not live with that</u>. From what you say, his labor rate is fair. So I have 4 follow-up questions for you: </p><p> </p><p>1) Why did I find new non-OEM replacement O2 sensors priced between $18 and $47 on <a href="http://www.carstuff.com/" target="_blank">http://www.carstuff.com/</a>"><a href="http://www.carstuff.com/" target="_blank">http://www.carstuff.com/</a>? Seems like a BIG price difference from both the auto parts stores and my mechanic!</p><p> </p><p>2) As a rule should my mechanic be charging me about the same price for the oxygen sensors as I would be charged for them in an auto parts store? </p><p> </p><p>3) Is 1.5 hours about right for the amount of time it takes to replace the 2 sensors?</p><p> </p><p>4) Based on what I've told you, would you suggest I think twice before using this mechanic again? Thanks for your help, Ted. ~David </p>
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 3 years ago.

Thanks for the reply.

I would not recommend using the real cheap sensors, they almost always require cutting the original wire harness and splicing the new wires in which can create headaches for the mechanics. Not to mention a reliability issue.

What he charges you for the sensors depends on where he bought them and what he had to pay for them (keep in mind he has to make a profit) mechanics and repair shops usually buy the part at wholesale and then mark it up to a fair price.

1.5 hrs at $90 is a very fair price for labor, most dealers charge about $180.

What you could do is approach the mechanic with the price difference, most good quality sensors are around $100 retail at most autoparts stores but I have no way of knowing what he paid, he may have paid more for a better quality sensor, the only thing I could suggest is to explain the situation and see if he is willing to refund some of the $100 difference in price.

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