Piston Slap: Denso'd Into Needless Markup?
TTAC commentator/writer David Holzman writes:
My ’99 Accord 5speed with 200k on the clock needs a new gas tank. The fuel pump is inside the gas tank. Should I get a new fuel pump with that gas tank? Changing the tank will cost about $600; including a fuel pump will add $300. I’m planning to keep this car another year and a half to two years, at which point it will have about 230k.
(I will replace it with whatever version of the Toyota FT86 reaches our shores provided the car does well repair-wise in its first year, and provided I like it as much as Bertel’s review suggested I would.)
PS: can you get this one up ASAP? I need to get the tank before I go on a road trip Dec. 24.
$300 for a fuel pump? Please check the prices on Rockauto.com and verify your shop isn’t marking up their parts costs.
That said, I don’t know if the pump needs to be replaced, there’s a good chance it will last 2 years. Even if it fails, you don’t need to drop the tank to install a new one. Tough call. A fuel pump should be more like $100-150 and labor should be nearly nothing considering the tank is dropped.
I suspect the $300 was for an OEM fuel pump. On Rockauto, they start at around $30, and a number of them are 100 and change. I guess one thing that makes me nervous is the thought of switching from my original to a non-OEM. I mean, it wouldn’t completely surprise me if the original went for a few more years and a non-OEM quit after a few years.
I suspect that $300 was for the complete fuel pump assembly. Wait no, I never suspect that. As a tireless cynic when it comes to random mechanics giving quotes to my readers, I always go for the worst. That said, Rockauto sells the Denso fuel pump (OE part) for $118.00…and Denso stuff ain’t no joke, this is what you need.
Would a nameless, faceless shop charge over 200% markup for the same part you can buy online? Perhaps. It wouldn’t be the first time, son! Wrap up: there’s no wrong answer, replace or no. The only problem is the cost of said part.
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FWIW - I have a 99 i4 5spd as well. It's got 260k on the original pump. since you can clearly see where the access is, replacing the pump in it is not really a lot of labor later on down the line. I could do it in a hour or so. I say just roll with the stock pump until it has to be replaced.
@afuller: I don't see anything wrong with your retail markup. What's wrong is the outrageous Honda price on the tank to start with. Rockauto has a tank for a similar year Chevy for 79 bucks.