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Offline 1983EagleHatchback

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attempting to get my 83 eagle sx/4 driveable
« on: September 24, 2017, 05:58:39 PM »
I finally got my car back from the mechanic who supposedly fixed my brakes. I got hosed. He only did like a couple things, most was never even looked at and I was charged $1536.41 for this supposed brake job I never really got. Its being sorted out bit by bit. I changed the oil and oil filter myself then last weekend I changed the automatic transmission filter, the gasket and the transmission oil. The car needs a lot yet. And I really don't like the car anymore at all since I got so royally hosed on the brake job. Now I just see it and hate the :censored: car. But I'm stuck with the thing. SoI'm fixing the thing bit by bit. I hope to one day sell it once its driveable and safe.

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Re: attempting to get my 83 eagle sx/4 driveable
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2017, 08:33:02 PM »
I hope your not paying that. You can get all the parts to do a complete brake job for $250 from RockAuto . That's calipers ,drums , discs ,shoes ,pads , hardware kit ... Bring it over and I'll help you and you can learn how easy it is .
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Re: attempting to get my 83 eagle sx/4 driveable
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2017, 10:52:25 PM »
What mo.e said!!   Don't hate the car; hate the dirt-bag mechanic that ripped you.   Get the law involved, and get your hard-earned cash back.    Eagle brakes aren't rocket science, and shouldn't cost anywhere near that much; no matter how messed and/or rusted up!!   

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Re: attempting to get my 83 eagle sx/4 driveable
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2017, 05:06:59 AM »
I had no choice in the matter. I was told we were picking it up and my dad paid the bill and we loaded it on the trailer and left. Nothing really was done to it. It was supposed to have all the brake lines replaced and all wheel cylinders replaced, and the master cylinder replaced, and all front brakes and parts were supposed to be replaced, all back brakes were supposed to be replaced. Instead the brake lines never were touched, the back brakes never got done and the wheels were never even removed in the back, the brake petal went straight to the floor when we arrived and the brake lights in the taillights stayed on all the time. the only thing I can even see he did was to replace the master cylinder with one that once was new but now has rust on it, replace the brake booster, and the calipers and brake rotors. None of the work appears to have been done with any real quality at all. And since I'm being forced to pay my dad back this $1500 plus bill and since I'm not being allowed to replace the spark plugs, plug wires, rotor, or distributer cap and I'm not allowed to remove the radiator and take it somewhere to have it checked out even though the car sat since 2001...I feel its totally justify able for me to hate the car. I wish I had someone who had the time and knowledge about this to help me. But since that isn't going to happen and we no longer have access to a trailer, I guess I just have to deal with this,,,thing. Next I get to have the front end dealt with. Tie rod ends and all that fun. I'm sure that will cost a ton too. And I haven't even had anyone go over the 4 x 4 system yet, tons more cash I'm sure. I sure love this car...not.
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Re: attempting to get my 83 eagle sx/4 driveable
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2017, 09:08:29 AM »
sounds like it is not your car if you are not allowed to work on it

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Re: attempting to get my 83 eagle sx/4 driveable
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2017, 08:07:28 PM »
No, its my car. It's paid for in full and I owe no one one penny for the car, I have it paid for in full. But until I can pay my dad back the entire $1536.41 he paid to the mechanic, he is going to tell me what I can and can't and won't replace on it. I'm 43 but I may as well be 10.

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Re: attempting to get my 83 eagle sx/4 driveable
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2017, 12:18:23 AM »
i think you and your dad should take that shop to court because if they said they had replaced everything and then (as you said) didn't then that constitutes theft and fraud on the part of the shop. I would also report them to the better business bureau (BBB).
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Re: attempting to get my 83 eagle sx/4 driveable
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2017, 05:51:54 PM »
DITTO maddog !!
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Re: attempting to get my 83 eagle sx/4 driveable
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2017, 03:37:15 PM »
I'm curious - you said mechanic - did you take it to a automotive  business or some guy working in his backyard. We've all been ripped off before but never like that.  You also seem knowledgeable about parts & what you want to do so I'm wondering why you're not doing it yourself except if you happen to have some physical disabilities. I'm working on another major project & there is no way I could afford to have a professional do the job when I know its more time consuming than anything else.
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Re: attempting to get my 83 eagle sx/4 driveable
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2017, 10:05:12 AM »
Yes it was an actual shop. I do not have the money for the court nor the time for days off in court nor the money for lawyers fees to fight it. Next best thing I can do is spread the word and tell people not to go to that guy. I'm not gonna lie, I wish I had the money and time to go to court, but my dad won't hear of it, the money for the court fees and lawyers isn't there and if I took those days off work I wouldn't have a job anymore. Does it suck? heck yes. I'd love to just take this jerk for all he has like he did me. I'd also love to give you the name and location of the guys shop and his first and last name, but my dad insists on not doing that. My hands are pretty tied on what I can do on this car. And pretty much he wants me to just do nothing that makes any sense on it. I can't replace hoses or spark plugs or distributer cap and rotor or remove the radiator and have it tested and checked and if things get too far stupid here, I'm just gonna sell this stupid car and be rid of it.

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Re: attempting to get my 83 eagle sx/4 driveable
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2017, 12:11:18 PM »
I don't want to sound too harsh on you - I can see your frustration - but the car isn't stupid. When we all purchase automobiles 30-40 years old we expect to repair them. A brand new car sitting that long - never started - will still need repairs. Gaskets alone need to be replaced. Small Claims court is not expensive - I've bee there - less than $50 to file a claim and in most courts I understand - Attorneys are not allowed. If you can prove Fraud - damages are doubled.
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Re: attempting to get my 83 eagle sx/4 driveable
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2017, 07:05:51 PM »
I agree with AMC1 ! Take it to small claims and contact the BBB .  It's amazing how much you can get done when the BBB is involved .
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Re: attempting to get my 83 eagle sx/4 driveable
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2017, 02:54:21 PM »
I really think you should go to small claims court, but if you don't want to then you should at the very least contact the BBB.
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