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Dealer Quote for Spark Plug Change on 2.7L over $700?!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by xtreme777, Apr 2, 2019.

  1. Apr 2, 2019 at 11:17 AM
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    xtreme777

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    I was going to do it myself anyway but does anyone actually go through with a simple 4 spark plug change and pay $700+? This sounds like extreme price gouging to me.
     
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  2. Apr 2, 2019 at 11:19 AM
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    yeah that's way too high, a few years ago I had the local Toyota dealership do mine and they only charged me $175 (I provided the spark plugs but those were maybe $50 IIRC).

    And I have a v6 with a supercharger so mine are harder to get to than a normal engine, especially the 4cyl...I don't think there's anything odd about it that would make it so expensive.

    I'd go somewhere else or look into doing it yourself
     
  3. Apr 2, 2019 at 11:21 AM
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    It's overpriced for what it is. Usually a major service including diff oil, oil change, air filter, and fluid top off is around that $700 range. Find another dealership and often dealerships have coupons for services, major, minor, or specific like spark plugs.

    In my v6 2nd gen, it only takes me about 45 min to do all 6 spark plugs. It's about 30 min gathering all the tools. Total 1.25 hrs, so even at the shop rate of $150/hr, $700 is a rip off.

    Spark plugs are $15 /ea for iridium for the 4 cylinder which is recommended. If you have a torque wrench, take your time and DIY.
     
  4. Apr 2, 2019 at 11:21 AM
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    I did it myself for the cost of spark plugs, it was an easy job.

    You should go to a non dealer mechanic and they will charge you a lot less.
     
  5. Apr 2, 2019 at 11:21 AM
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    Besides TacomaWorld peeps doing it for free, my guy at my local garage charges me $150.00 to do it
     
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    That is outrageous! what did they quote you?? 5 hours labor and parts??

    If you have never changed a spark plug i honestly feel like you could watch a video and then do it within 3-4 hours. Being very generous with the time here too for a learning curve... Thats taking everything off, swapping plugs, putting everything back on.

    You will need some socket driver extensions, and a spark plug socket with a magnet is always nice to have...
     
  7. Apr 2, 2019 at 11:27 AM
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    This, watch a bunch of YouTube videos, get a quality torque wrench and know how to use it. Anti seize antiseize. Maintain a tidy workspace. Lay a free harbor freight tarp out to lay out the intake and organize what you remove.

    Buy quality plugs, probably straight from the dealership as eBay and Amazon are plagued by knock offs
     
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    If it were a subaru, I might say that it sounds reasonable (you have to drop the engine), but not on a 2TR. There's something like 2 bolts and everything is as exposed as a $5 stripper at a frat boys party.
     
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  9. Apr 2, 2019 at 12:09 PM
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    I've changed plenty of spark plugs, radiators, brakes, rotors, CV joints, etc. I have them change my oil out of the convinience factor and because my city won't allow me to change my oil in my driveway due to environmental concernc (thanks California). So I just asked what was included in the 30K service and the guy quoted me $700+ for just the spark plugs. I've seen a writeup on here for my engine plus with my experience changing out many many sparkplugs on other vehciles I almost laughed in his face.

    And by everyone elses' responses, I gather my humor and outrage at what they quoted is justified.
     
  10. Apr 2, 2019 at 12:11 PM
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    That’s about how much I was quoted for a Toyota Sienna with the traverse engine, but IMO it’s totally reasonable considering the position of the rear spark plugs and the fact that the intake manifold and a bunch of other stuff has to come off. The hours add up.

    But for a simple 4 Cylinder engine? That’s highway robbery. It won’t take you 20 minutes to do that job.
     
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    Was just on a post bout dealer charging him 300+ for a simple serpentine belt change. Dont trust stealer-ship I guess
     
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    Where you at? If you are fairly close I will come to you and do it for half that.
     
  13. Apr 2, 2019 at 12:16 PM
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    I'm definitely going to do it myself but thanks! LOL
     
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    those plugs are Iridium and need to be changed at 120k miles FYI
     
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    That's why they're call 'Stealerships'
     
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    Yeah you're right! he must have been looking at the 4.0L engine and not mine. Thanks!
     
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    mines got 107k im doing them at 120k miles like the manual says
     
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