We went and picked up DD's car (a 2003), from the friend who worked on it, yesterday. Her total came to just over $1140 - ouch - but probably half what it would have cost at a shop. The shop we had first checked into said $1000 in labor just to pull the engine out, plus then parts and labor to fix the leak. Well, our friend found several things wrong while he had the motor out (one motor mount was completely broke in half, so he replaced both) and he put in new gaskets, water pump, timing set, spark plugs, oil and and antifreeze. I'll bet she would have ended up paying $2500 at that shop to have all that done. Friend charged her $780 in labor and the parts totaled about $360. She should be good to go now.........except just before she took it up there to him she noticed her drivers floor mat was very damp and then he noticed it yesterday (because it has been raining non-stop), so she has a window or windshield leak somewhere and we have no idea how to figure out where it's coming from. Guess that's the next project. It just needs to stop raining!
Even with that huge expense and purchasing her new laptop, she still has over $5000 in the bank and the next 6 months to work and save before she heads off to college. She's just happy to have her wheels back and not be borrowing my car or having to have dad take her to school and pick her up. Tennis tryouts/season starts today - of course, that must be why it's raining :)