That's way too much. You can buy one from a lot of places, Summit Racing, JC Whitney, or even Fleabay for around $50 or less. Installation is about an hour, so it depends on the shop rate. I usually charge around $50 depending on the year of the car.
i was wondering the same thing. I went to a radiator shop and they quoted me 180 with 3 hours of labor <_< . yea whatever. and the guy says they need to make a fitting for the hose since the stock connections are metal. hey moron, they make a fitting....
if you dont have one already, i got mine on ebay for 40 bucks including shipping. Hayden 1405.
Really? hm.. The paper said like 96-whatever needed a "duckbill" fitting or something along those lines. look at it, it looked like it would thread on the stock metal lines (atleast there metal on mine) but maybe the hose would just squeeze on. But in the manual it or on the hose, cant remember witch, it says DO NOT cut the hose that the cooler came with. why not? i havnt felt like doing it all myself cuz thats a definiant dedicated few hours, and you cant use the car till its done. Everything ive done till now was always first get it in and going, then clean it up a little, find some trouble spots and fix them, then finally clean all the wires and lines and make the connections better than the wires wrapped around eachother.
The Gen 3 uses a separate auxillary cooler, which is shaky at best. That cooler has 3/8 rubber hose on it. What I usually do is take the hoses off the driver's side end, hook in the aftermarket cooler inline, zip tie it out of the way, and re install the lower splash shield. Works like a charm, and should take no longer than an hour. The only tools required are a 1/4 drive socket set, and a screwdriver. The aftermarket coolers even come with rubber hose, making the job easier.
I installed a tranny on my GenIII. My 98 taurus doesn't have the stock auxillary cooler, tranny fluid only cooled by rediator, so i cut off the return line and connected my new cooler. There is only a short piece of hose is soft and can be cut off.