I have had my 98' Ford Taurus for almost a year. I haven't had any major issues. Well today, a car ran me off the road. The ran onto a sidewalk. I got out of my car and green fluid was coming from the car. I was told it was my radiator.
So my radiator busted. I finally got it towed to my house and my uncle put water in my coolant tank. and it came straight out, all on the drivers side. I also notice a small leak under the coolant tank. Like I said the major leak was on the left side of the car. (driver's side)
It is still drivable.
So I called 3 different places:
-Midas said 375 avg. for a new radiator. 300 for labor=675 estimate
-Another auto repair shop said the same their total came to about 700.
-The auto repair shop, told me to got to Autozone and get a Radiator for about 175.00 and they will put it in for about 80 dollars.
What i want to know it, why the difference in price from the other shops?
Could there be more wrong with my car?
And what would be the right price?
HERE IS MY CAR INFO. BASED ON MY VIN NUMBER
1998 FORD TAURUS
Vehicle Type: Passenger Vehicle
Series: TAURUS LX/SE/SPORT
Body Style: Sedan 4 Door
Carburetion: Fuel Injection
Weight (lbs.): 3,359
Wheel Base (in.): 108.5
Tire Size: 15R205
Base List Price (USD): 18,245
Air Conditioning: Standard
Power Steering: Standard
Power Brakes: Standard
Power Windows: Standard
Tilt Wheel: Standard
Security System: Unknown
Front Wheel Drive: Yes
4 Wheel Drive: No
Anti-Lock Brakes: 4 Wheel Optional
Daytime Running Lights: Optional
Standard Transmission: 4 Speed Automatic With Overdrive
Standard Radio: AM/FM
Radio Opt 1: AM/FM Cassette
Radio Opt 2: AM/FM CD
Standard Roof: Standard Roof
Roof Opt 1: Power Sun/Moon Roof