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So 3-4 months ago I got oil changed a different mazda dealership and they mentioned my cv left axle booth needed replacement and was like 800-950 (something like that) and I came here stating this and many where shocked about the cost. Nonetheless, I'm gonna change it by getting aftermarket and find some trusty mechanic with reviews and lower rate.

But today when I went to a different mazda dealer, they were talking about my 4 shocks that were needed immediate replacemnet and some oil valve door and drive belt falling apart or something but no mention of the cv axle boot (technician seem to be young which doesn't mean anything but just a thought).

So the first mazda dealer (one that quoted me 800-950) mentioned to me about the shocks but told me it's just discomfort and don't have to worry much. While second dealer was telling me I need to get this fixed right away and it's 1300. I mentioned if I can get the oil valve door and drive belt fixed first but they said they won't do any service until shocks are fixed first.

So i'm confused what to do and who is right. Might I add, the second dealer was more hinting on buying car from them etc haha..

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There isn't much urgency to replace the above items. I wouldn't return to the one - "I need to get this fixed right away and it's 1300. I mentioned if I can get the oil valve door and drive belt fixed first but they said they won't do any service until shocks are fixed first."
 

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Like I told the other guy with similar issues: KYB Excel G's ride and handle exactly like the OEM shocks, but at 1/3rd the cost. A set of those for all four corners is under $200.
 

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There isn't much urgency to replace the above items. I wouldn't return to the one - "I need to get this fixed right away and it's 1300. I mentioned if I can get the oil valve door and drive belt fixed first but they said they won't do any service until shocks are fixed first."
Ok. I felt something was up when they wouldnt fix the oil valve door and drive belt first as they wanted the big ticket 1300 shock fix. Well it was shock too me so said no to the Shock lol

So I have following repairs that will need to be done

Shocks
Oil valve door
Drive belt
And left cv axle boot

So all these which one should I be fixing first?

I prob wont fix and get new car but meantime seems something will go out.

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Like I told the other guy with similar issues: KYB Excel G's ride and handle exactly like the OEM shocks, but at 1/3rd the cost. A set of those for all four corners is under $200.
Similar issue as mine? "Kyb excel g's ride"
Is a brand of shock for mazda 3 08? And all 4 is 200 each so 800? Which is much lower then 1300 ... but need to find someone to install .. maybe dealer installing is not bad?

You know where I can find these or is ebay or amazon best bet. I remember rockport was good place..

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Ok. I felt something was up when they wouldnt fix the oil valve door and drive belt first as they wanted the big ticket 1300 shock fix. Well it was shock too me so said no to the Shock lol

So I have following repairs that will need to be done

Shocks
Oil valve door
Drive belt
And left cv axle boot

So all these which one should I be fixing first?

I prob wont fix and get new car but meantime seems something will go out.

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Cheapest to Expensive:
1) Drive belts
2) Valve Cover gasket
3) shocks
4) CV AXLE assembly (complete) $600
 

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Cheapest to Expensive:

1) Drive belts

2) Valve Cover gasket

3) shocks

4) CV AXLE assembly (complete) $600
game. I'm guessing i head on over rockauto.com and then get the parts and go to mechanics (dealer doesnt mind if you bring non OEM right?) But I'll check local reviews too and ask around. Gosh wonder why people get into cars a lot.. can save you tons if you know a lot lol

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There aren't a lot of mechanics (ESPECIALLY dealers) that will want to install non OEM parts you purchased yourself. While it may save you money, it doesn't really fit into their business model.

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game. I'm guessing i head on over rockauto.com and then get the parts and go to mechanics (dealer doesnt mind if you bring non OEM right?) But I'll check local reviews too and ask around. Gosh wonder why people get into cars a lot.. can save you tons if you know a lot lol

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Not all shops will repair with (your) aftermarket parts - you'll need to call ahead.
 
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