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I have noticed a leaking on front of my 2013 200 conv. ltd., 72K mi. I took it to the dealer and they told me that the “transmission lines” need to be replaced. Have anybody had this problem and how much would cost? Thanks! 🙂
 

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I have noticed a leaking on front of my 2013 200 conv. ltd., 72K mi. I took it to the dealer and they told me that the “transmission lines” need to be replaced. Have anybody had this problem and how much would cost? Thanks! 🙂
The lines are for cooling the transmission fluid though the radiator cooling.
I suppose they could have been damaged in some way, but the lines themselves are simply a conduit for the fluid.
Should be an easy fix and not expensive.
Cost ... no idea. The dealer will quote you a price.
 

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I changed the lines in a friend's 96 Saturn a few years ago with Autozone parts. Abut $70 in parts and one hour of my labor.
If you extrapolate to dealer service, could be $150 in parts, and 2 hours of labor, so perhaps $350 or more. But that's still a wild guess. You need to get a quote from them.
 

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Thank you for your response! I took my car (75k mi) because I noticed the leaking and this is what the dealer told me “as immediate needs”:
1. Trans cooler lines replacement $403.90
2. Front brakes replace pads&rotor $277.95
3. Fuel system every 30k mi $205.86
4. Trans fluid exchange $201.26
Total $ 1,038.97 all same day!!

These are my thoughts by number:
1. I don’t know how did it happen.
2. I went to a recommended specialist in brakes and after they reviewed they told me that there’s not need to change it but only brake fluid which I did.
3. This one it’s supposed to be every 30k miles but when I take my car to the dealer and always ask for the “manufacturer recommended” service and I expect them to do that but I guess they just do a simple oil change
4. I guess it can’t wait.

Thanks 🙂
 

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No real cause for the leaking lines as they're just rubber and will become rigid and can crack over time. If you decide to go with the fluid exchange too make sure to ask if they use a power flush machine for that. If they do you might be best to skip it and just top-off whatever fluid is lost from changing the hoses out. Those power flush machines can end up causing more problems and quite a few manufacturers put out TSB's explicitly saying to NOT use them.
 

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The “Fuel System Service it refers to clean injectors and air induction system to help with fuel economy” that I was told 😕
 

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You never need to clean gasoline fuel injectors in normal use. Have run cars up to 300K miles without any cleaning service, ran like new. Just use a brand name gasoline that has good detergents.
 

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Fuel will leave deposits behind depending on how long your vehicle sits and also fuel quality etc.., so occasionally - maybe every 50K miles using something like BG fuel system cleaner in the tank or running E85 will help clean the intake valves and fuel injectors etc... if you want inexpensive peace of mind.

The "fuel system cleaning" service or whatever is absolutely 100% a scam - even worse than "nitrogen filled" tires. *inhales and takes in 78% nitrogen into lungs since Earth's atmosphere is 78% nitrogen - then exhales* At least spending 10x more than you have to for tire inflation helps a little bit.
 

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I am glad I can do all the "maintenance" on my 200... what a rip-off... Over $1000 for work I could do for under $200... Don't ask for "Stealer recommended" work...
Fuel system and brake system was NOT needed...transmission lines I would have pulled off of a "pull-a-part" car for $20 or ordered them on ebay new...

Brake pads and rotors I would have gotten from RockAuto.com
ceramic pads (set) $10.50)
Brake rotors X2 under $40
with shipping under $75 total...

I would love to live near by you... I'd make some honest money and you'd save a great amount... :)
You need to find a local driveway mechanic in your neighbourhood..
Dave
 
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