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How do you change an AC compressor in a 1999 jetta?

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2011-09-13 00:08:43
2011-09-13 00:08:43

Not sounding like a smart a$$ but it is a costly repair and not easy.My daughter has a 2000 Jetta and she had an estimate from a VW dealership (We are from Pa.)..They told her around $1300.00-$1500.00...We had a print out of the things they said needed done,labor involved and the charge to remove the old freon from the system etc..I was with my daughter and just laughed at the guy..He also gave her an estimate for front struts of $850. I know that is of the track but just a VW example of price gougeing. We were told the AC compressor was over $700.00 as well..Anyway my advice is: Find a mechanic that has VW 'smarts'. I found this car to be the hardest car I have ever seen to work on..You always need to remove several parts (that usually never break) to get to the ones that always break..The VW garages here charge $90.00 an hour. I took her car to an independent VW mechanic that I found only 20 miles from the house. He purchased a used AC compressor (90 day warranty) for her car....If it is a 2.0 like my daughters is they are a bit tough to locate but can be found..I paid I believe $175.00 for it. The mechanic removed the old comp.,bled off the freon,installed the AC comp, re-charged the system and charged only $350.00 for the entire job.His labor was $45.00 an hour and it took him roughly 3 hours and he had the right tools..The rest of the price was for freon....So from $1500.00 at a VW dealership to $350.00 (parts and labor) at an independent VW repair shop..If you are near PA., I will give you the garage if interested..email: robiroberts06@yahoo.com

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