Cracked Sub frame repair. Cost? Advisability?
The Sub frame has cracked on the passenger side, making the car unsafe to drive. Is it worth considering replacing/repairing the sub-frame? The rest of the vehicle appears to be in good shape (as viewed from below while up on a hoist). What is a reasonable price to pay for such a repair?
Takes about 4-8 shop hours, the engine/trans has to be lifted slightly and suspension/brakes supported while subframe is dropped and new one installed (it's installed from underneath the car). New subframes are fairly cheap and good used ones even cheaper. If the mileage isn't super high and body in decent shape, it's worth it to replace.
Forgot to mention, shop around for quotes, a good local neighborhood mechanic will probably give you the best prices over dealerships or chains.
Thanks KenF. The current odometer reading is 190,306 Km / 118,250 miles. Vehicle was purchased from the original owner at 174,00 km / 108,118 miles in September 2012 with mostly highway miles. I have added only 10,000 miles during my ownership of <5 years. Front tires are almost brand-new Michelins and rear tires low-mileage Hankook's. Current mileage of 108,000 seems more like typical to me rather than "super-high". Will investigate repair option further.
My Tribute like to rust too, vehicle is great except for that.
I checked with the dealership who sold my Escape to the original owner here in Canada, The price they quoted for a new sub-frame is $3,874.34. The person in their parts department said the price was due to supply and demand. To me, this price is outrageous. What price have others been quoted for a new sub-frame in Canada or the USA?
Replaced rusted subframe on a 2005 Ford 500: $400 labor, $185 for parts. Replaced a subframe on a 2010 Dodge Charger, frame from the parts dismantler was 275. (had a helper and too about 5 hours, working off jackstands/wood cribbing and a chain hoist.) Dealerships are the LAST place for this type of work. Car is, I'm assuming, out of warranty and your not the original owner and not likely a regular buyer from them, they have no desire to be even remotely competitive with other shops that might have less pressure on them to keep up with all their warranty work. I'd find a local mechanic with minimal overhead who can afford to spend a solid day on just one car, in the neighborhood of 400-500 labor costs (USD). If you have a decent amount of garage space you can shop for a mobile mechanic as well.
The quote for our 2008 Ford Escape is $2,200 US from the dealer's repair shop. Have to wait a week for the part.
Check on Ebay, you see subframes on there $200-300 for most models. Also, if your Escape is 2001-2004 there was a recall for premature corrosion of subframes.
Thanks to all who contributed suggestions and comments. My 2002 Escape was just passed "as is" to a nearby vintage car restoration shop for them to restore or salvage as they see fit.
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