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Re: [T3] Winter Adventure - revised

On 18 Jan 2005 at 6:19, Neil Lynch wrote:

> Go ahead, say, "I told you so."

It doesn't sound like this applies here. You did what you had to do, and in the 
end took our advise and did it yourself. 

> I'm the one with the Ebay Fastback in Phoenix that hired a local firm
> (with race cars on their web site) to make my Fastback run. 
> "They" never got the fastback to run.  When the dust settled, their
> initial $450 estimate was a $1,281 bill.

I suspect that my feelings reflect those of most of us on this list. We're 
grateful for the work you did and the determination you showed in saving this 
fastback, and we regret the excess cost you endured in this episode. You've 
proven once again that no one else cares as much about your car as you do. It's 
also clear that you have much better than average troubleshooting skills, 
either that, or you've been working on D-Jetronic FI systems for years.  ;-)  

As for the inflated repair bill, I don't know how successful you might be, but 
I think I would pursue some sort of refund from the shop owner. the fact that 
they failed to fix your car is pretty strong evidence that they failed to live 
up to their end of the commitment, and the inflated labor charges don't make 
them look good at all. A calm phone call to the shop might have some positive 
effect. It's possible that a mention of a complaint to their local BBB might 
offer some leverage, but racer shops are not particularly dependent on local 
good will, so I don't know how useful this might be.  

Thanks for reporting back to us, and congratulations on a job well done.

Jim Adney
Madison, WI 53711-3054

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