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How much will a new starter cost me?

Asked by Lacroix (519 points ) December 5th, 2009

I drive a 1999 Saturn SL 6 cylinder, and apparently my starter just went out. How much will it cost, roughly, to replace it?

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rangerr's avatar

Should be anywhere from 30–60 US dollars.
You might be able to order one off Ebay or find one at a junkyard for cheaper.
I found the starter for my car at a junkyard, and payed $5 for it. It hasn’t had a single problem.

YARNLADY's avatar

The part will be the least expensive part of the job. Usually the labor is at least twice the cost of the actual part.

Darwin's avatar

To have someone else replace it will probably run about $300 or so plus parts. To do it yourself you would have to purchase a starter. This site shows that they run from $90 for rebuilts to as high as $131.52 for the SL.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

Before you go out and get an estimate on a new starter, bang on it with a hammer a few times. You might just have a stuck solenoid. And, of course, check the fusible link between the battery and the starter motor.

Lacroix's avatar

Thanks to everyone that helped! I managed to get a part for $130 and labor for $25! Towing was an additional $70, but I don’t think I did so bad.

YARNLADY's avatar

@Lacroix thanks for the update

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