Originally Posted by LeeAnn
My mom had my 1998 Rav4 for about 4-5 years before I had it. I've had it for about 2 years and in the 4-5 years my mom had it, I highly doubt she got the radiator flushed and filled with fresh fluids. It has almost 114K miles on it now. Is it a good idea to go ahead and do this? Should I wait until summer? What other things should be flushed out and freshly topped off? I never realized that my mom never really took care of the car.
I had the spark plugs and wires were replaced in late winter/early spring of 2007 and timing belt was replaced (yet in good condition) at 96k miles in October of 2006.
I can actually give you an almost exact price quote right now. My dealership is pretty close the the average, but its still probably not going to have the same labor as yours, so the prices will be close but not exact.
1. radiator flush (BG-brand flush system) kit is 39.99 and its about .8 hours labor @ $100/hr = $119.99
2. spark plugs depend on milage and driving style, so they will have to be checked, but its about 30$ for the wires, and 25$ for the plugs, and its .5 labor for all of it = 105$
3. toyota says to replace t-belts every 90k miles, so your good.
all in all, your looking at just under 230$ for the plugs, wires, and coolant flush. personally, id say just flush it yourself. go to walmart and get a prestone flush kit and save yourself the money. same with the plugs and wires, they are some of the EASIEST parts to change yourself. im sure one of us can walk you through it, too.
as you can see, parts are pretty cheap (well, considering what your getting), its the labor that really kills the price. i know, its a real pain. it really annoys the hell out of me too, seeing as how they charge customers that much on labor, and we dont really get any of it, its all going to the dealership.
other things id say look at are going to be your brake fluid and bleeding your brakes, transmission fluid, and check over your suspension. other than that, you should be looking pretty good.