Hey all first time post here, but was a user of the the forum. Thank you for making this resource available! I live in Reston, VA by the way.
Took the Sienna for the annual inspection on got gigged for the rear engine mount. Inspector indicated these are common failures on this generation of Sienna. I had brought my 03 Element in at the same time and got gigged on that for lower front control arm bushings.
Anyway, took both cars across the street to a repair service that had been recommended by several coworkers. I got prices of $350 to replace the engine mount and $1260 to replace the lower control arm bushings....
I was a bit surprised by the $1260 price and I was told that the bushings weren't replaceable and the entire arm needed to be replaced yadda, yadda, yadda.
The first thing I did when I got home was look to see what changing the lower arm entailed in my service manual. The procedure is one page, removal and replacement with the only magic being the special tool to disassemble the ball joint. Pricing the parts were about 1/3 the cost of what was quoted at the shop. Calling another shop that specializes in Honda provided a price of $380. That's an amazing difference from $1260.
This has all gotten me thinking about the price for the engine mount replacement. Is $350 reasonable? The mount is about $37 online.
What's the consensus? Should I miss our appointment on Monday?