- Initial Repair Costs: The initial repair involving the replacement of camshaft plugs and valve cover gaskets for $1,000 seems within a reasonable range. The labor cost for such a job can vary, but 6 hours doesn't seem excessive, at least from my own experience doing similar work.
- Additional Repairs: The proposal to remove the transmission for an additional $1,500 is significant. It's possible that your car had multiple oil leaks, and the mechanic missed one initially. Removing the transmission is a labor-intensive task, and 8 hours for this is not unreasonable. However, you should confirm whether this is necessary.
- Costs and Obligations: If you feel the cost is unreasonable, discuss it with your mechanic. You're not obligated to proceed with additional repairs if you're uncomfortable with the cost. However, for the work already done, payment is typically expected.
- Seeking a Second Opinion: It's always wise to seek a second opinion, especially for major repairs. Another mechanic might identify a different solution or confirm the need for the proposed repair.
- Comparing to Medical Treatment: The analogy with medical treatment isn't entirely parallel, but the principle of paying for services rendered (even if they don't fully resolve the issue) generally applies in both contexts.
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