That seems on the high side to me, but not unreasonable.
I try to avoid the dealership if at all possible.
You would like to think they know our cars better than any other repair facility, but most of the time I find a competent independent shop to know any common (or semi-common) car as well or better than the dealership.
Several years back, before I knew much of anything about cars ago I had an 88 2.3L turbo Tbird, and took it to Ford with a fuel issue and they straight up told me they'd never seen one before, but they'd look at it. I was stunned. it was only 10 or 12 yrs old at the time, and one of fords more elite cars for a few years.
They never came up with a solution.
Then I took it to the old family mechanic from years before. He had it for a day. Found a clogged intake screen in the fuel pump. The cost was the pump + ~$150 labor.
I did visit the local ford dealership recently to do a mount/balance. Surprisingly, they were the cheapest option i could find - which really surprised me considering I brought in my own tires.
The point is - I suggest shopping around the local shop options - there are certainly cheaper options, and probably just as much or more knowledge on your car.
Last edited by liquid_force; 06-12-2012 at 02:42 PM.