Giant Hole Through Passenger Side Sub-frame
My '98 Rav4 with 141K miles on it has a giant (maybe 1.5 inches) hole in the passenger side sub-frame. Right under the AC condenser. Hole wasn't there a few months ago. I believe that it rusted from the inside out. Driver side sub-frame is structurally sound with just surface rust.
I took the car to a local shop and after putting it on the lift, they suggested I drive it to the nearest junk yard.
Finally got an appointment at a Toyota dealership and they quoted me - wait for it - $12,700. No, not a typo.
They said $6,100 for parts - sub-frame, crossmember, control arms, and exhaust pipes. (The catalytic converter and exhaust piping is badly rusted and does need replacement).
They said $6,600 for labor. 60 hours at $110/hr.
I love this car and would happily put in a few thousand dollars to get it back in tip top shape. But not 12+ thousand.
So, I have a few questions.
1. How insane are these prices? I recognize there are many rusted bolts that probably would have to be cut, so I know that this will be a time consuming job.
2. Is this something I should bother tackling on my own? I have time on my side - I don't drive the car to get to work so not driving it for a month is no issue. I've done the dreaded ERG-VSV valve replacement, am handy, and am able to figure stuff out and follow instructions, but on the other hand, I don't own a repair shop with a pneumatic lift.
3. If it is not worth it to attempt repairs, what is the best option for me to get a few dollars out of the car? Scrap yard? Take out what parts I can to sell? I know people are always on the hunt for the fold down cup holders and other similar items.
Thanks in advance for your input!