I am always amazed at how royally a shop can #### up an engine build. I mean, it's a very complicated job and one I certainly wouldn't feel capable of doing don't get me wrong. It's just that you'd hope somebody doing the work would not be cutting his chops playing around on your motor. Especially when you take your car to shops that rebuild motors all the time, you'd expect them to at least be competent. I'm just amazed at the state of affairs where so many people put down $3k-$10k on motors that often don't make it out of the break-in period. Doesn't matter what you pay or who you trust, just seems like this happens way too often.
I understand too from a shop's perspective how they can't afford to eat the cost. To the customer, it's a $5,500 job. To the builder, it's half a week's work at probably minimum wage when shop costs are deducted. The parts cost on a job like that is through the ceiling. Asking them to eat the cost of parts and labor to re-do it can be more money than a lot of shops have! You can basically put them out of business on a job this big going badly. Reputation aside, most don't have $5,500 laying around to "make it right". A lot of shops aren't even profitable these days. I mean, a contractor works in a labor cost dominated business, he can suck up some overtime and fix things generally speaking. Car repair though? That's parts cost dominated. And generally with far looser insurance practices.
It's like a really bad marriage or something where you just scream "why didn't you get a pre-nup!". The shop sells you on how professional they are and how often they've done this kind of work and then boom. You're out $5,500 based on their BS wondering how you let yourself get into this financial position.
2015 STi: Still Stock
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