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cost to fix ac on 1998 lexus gs300

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cost to fix ac on 1998 lexus gs300

I recently purchased a 1998 lexus gs300 and the seller told me the ac didn't work and it will need a new ac compressor. How much will labour plus parts cost to fix?

I really don't wanna spend more then 300 bucks because i don't value ac at more then that lol
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When the ac compressor died on my 07 Caliber I was quoted $700-800 for parts and labour if I used an aftermarket compressor, and approx $1000 if I had a Dodge OEM part installed.

I initially had to wait as I didn't have those funds at that time, and eventually decided I could survive without it. Then finally last summer I cracked with an unusually hot start to Spring, and after weight pros and cons, I went out and bought a new car rather than repairing it.
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Wood0209 wrote: When the ac compressor died on my 07 Caliber I was quoted $700-800 for parts and labour if I used an aftermarket compressor, and approx $1000 if I had a Dodge OEM part installed.

I initially had to wait as I didn't have those funds at that time, and eventually decided I could survive without it. Then finally last summer I cracked with an unusually hot start to Spring, and after weight pros and cons, I went out and bought a new car rather than repairing it.
I heard the aftermarket/remanufactured ones don't blow as cold?

I could source a used compressor for around $70 bucks, a recharge will probably be 120, that leaves me with only about 100-200 for labour. If i can find a mechanic that would work for like 40 bucks an hour
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CalgaryExotics wrote: I heard the aftermarket/remanufactured ones don't blow as cold?

I could source a used compressor for around $70 bucks, a recharge will probably be 120, that leaves me with only about 100-200 for labour. If i can find a mechanic that would work for like 40 bucks an hour
good luck with that
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Check the relay first. I thought mine had died on my 08 accord, but it was just a relay
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LuckBox wrote: Check the relay first. I thought mine had died on my 08 accord, but it was just a relay
The seller told me he took it to the lexus dealer and they told him the compressor needed to be replaced and they quoted him around 1100 or something. However, I looked on the forums and it says if the ac light is blinking the compressor needs to be replaced, however, mine is not blinking. I am now thinking maybe there is a leak, or it needs a recharge?
I really hate putting money into cars, because you never get any of it back..even if i wanted to get it checked out it'd cost be 200 bucks and I just don't wanna pay that.
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Buy the recharge kit from Canadian Tire and try it. My Solara was perfectly fine with this recharge.

Only needed one can I think 12 oz
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hmm yeah. I called 2 shop and they want 1100, and 1200 respectively to replace the compressor and get a recharge.
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CalgaryExotics wrote: I heard the aftermarket/remanufactured ones don't blow as cold?

I could source a used compressor for around $70 bucks, a recharge will probably be 120, that leaves me with only about 100-200 for labour. If i can find a mechanic that would work for like 40 bucks an hour
C'mon man $40 an hour. Try harder maybe you can find one for minimum wage? Those dirty mechanics didn't learn a specialized skill set (that you need) to get paid decently. I'm sure when they hear you just can't deal with the hardship of no ac for your Lexus they will cut you a break.
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It's an almost 20 year-old car. Why?
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I thought Lexus is virtually indestructible
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booblehead wrote: I thought Lexus is virtually indestructible
Still starts and drives :p
Thats what defines reliability
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CalgaryExotics wrote: I heard the aftermarket/remanufactured ones don't blow as cold?

I could source a used compressor for around $70 bucks, a recharge will probably be 120, that leaves me with only about 100-200 for labour. If i can find a mechanic that would work for like 40 bucks an hour
Your average tradesman wont get out of bed for less than 30/hour. Mechanics have 1000s of dollars in tools and a shop as overhead. The cheapest mechanic will start at 60/hour. That being said, because it isnt a safety item im sure you could find a mechanic on kijiji that will do a cash job. There will be no warranty or guarantee of work however
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The car has run its course...
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The 98 GS300 was a Sexy looking car. I would consider getting it fixed assuming the rest of it is in good condition.

Be Prepared to shell $800. However I would get the RedTek kit from Canadian tire and see if it runs once recharged it means the compressor is ok but there's a leak (Don't chase the leak) I've seen more times than not people blame the compressor but really the LPS detects low pressure and shuts off the compressor.
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The mechanic who comes to my place to fix my cars charges $55 an hr. If youre interested then let me know and i will give you his contact. He is in calgary though.
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masarwar wrote: The mechanic who comes to my place to fix my cars charges $55 an hr. If youre interested then let me know and i will give you his contact. He is in calgary though.
Is that his personal rate for you for using your garage, tools etc? I would imagine there would be some limitation as to the work he could do without the equipment found in a mechanic's garage. Most mechanics are not mobile and will have significant overhead expenses.
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Wood0209 wrote: Is that his personal rate for you for using your garage, tools etc? I would imagine there would be some limitation as to the work he could do without the equipment found in a mechanic's garage. Most mechanics are not mobile and will have significant overhead expenses.
Hi,

I dont have a garage as i live in a basement apartment. He is happy to work for me on the driveway or like the time before that on a street as my slave cylinder had stopped working. He did say that for work that requires a lift out of the vehicle multiple times he would have me come to a shop that he hires by the hour and charges $55+$20 (for the shop) which i think is still pretty reasonable. I had him come by do a front struts change (left and right), all 4 disc brakes and rotors and the total labour was $175.

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