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Learn About Turbocharger Repair Cost
How Much Does a Turbocharger Cost?
The turbocharger is a great engineering feat, which boosts the power and efficiency of your car’s engine. However, turbochargers are wearable parts and they will wear down over time. Most turbochargers need to be replaced between 100,000 and 150,000 miles. If you are good at maintaining your car and get timely oil changes your turbocharger may last even longer than that.
If you ever notice an issue with your turbocharger, have it checked at the first available opportunity to avoid further damages to your car and to your wallet. Failure to act on time will substantially increase turbocharger repair costs.
Part and Labor Costs
The price of a turbocharger typically starts from $400 and goes up depending on the make and model of your car. For smaller cars such as an Audi A4, or a Subaru Impreza you can expect to pay less for a replacement turbocharger. If you have a big truck or a sports car you will be looking into the thousands for a replacement turbocharger. And, if you have an industrial vehicle or a tractor, the sky is the limit on the price for a replacement turbocharger.
In the table below we've included the msrp (list price) of 5 of the best selling turbochargers on the market as well as our price for that same part. Keep in mind that part condition matters in this case, in some cases we offer an aftermarket new part which meets or exceeds OE quality. The MSRP reflects the price for the OEM part. The last note to be made about this table is that dealerships tend to sell their turbos at list price or close to it, here at BuyAutoParts.com we offer you more than just the original equipment part, as we have aftermarket new, and in some cases have rebuilt turbochargers (both OE rebuilt and aftermarket rebuilt).
|Vehicle||OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Number||List Price||Our Price||Labor Time (hrs)||Independent Shops Estimate National Avg Labor Cost ($100/HR)||Dealerships Estimate National Avg Labor Cost ($130/HR)|
|2007 Dodge Ram 2500||68048234AA||$3835.00||$1995.00||3.5||$350.00||$455.00|
|2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser||4884234AC||$2595.00||$625.91||4.8||$480.00||$624.00|
|2007 Subaru Impreza WRX||14411AA532||$1335.00||$471.91||2.1||$210.00||$273.00|
|2003 Ford F Series 7.3 L Diesel||F81Z6K682CARM||$1361.00||$562.91||3||$300.00||$390.00|
|2004 Audi A4||058145703J||$1570.00||$246.00||1.6||$280.00||$364.00|
Estimating Labor In Turbocharger Replacement Cost
Due to the great range of labor estimate times and rates when it comes to replacing a turbocharger, we recommend calling or visiting your local mechanic to get the most accurate quote for your vehicle. We have included the table below to help you see the range of labor rates amongst different vehicles with turbochargers. Please keep in mind that these labor times are for the removal and replacement of the turbocharger, they do not include diagnosis or the removal and replacement of any other parts that also need to be replaced. Since everyone's situation is different, only a mechanic can tell you the exact labor estimate for your job.
A specific example to point out from the table below is the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD. The range is from 7 hours to 14.3 hours because if you have a classic model (no A/C) then the turbocharger repair is much easier to access and is not connected to other components such as the air conditioning system. Silverados with A/C have about 4-7 hours more labor time because the ac system is intertwined with the turbocharger and therefore you have to recover, evacuate and recharge the ac system. This is a good example of how turbocharger labor times can vary greatly and how sometimes the labor time is dependent on other components.
|Vehicle Classification||Model 1||Model 2|
|Hatchbacks||2007 Subaru Impreza WRT STi ~ 2.7 labor hrs||2007 VW GTI ~ 5.5 labor hrs|
|Sedans||2007 Volvo S40 ~ 5.5 - 7.0 labor hrs||2007 Audi A4 ~ 3.9 labor hrs|
|Wagons||2007 Saab 9-3 ~ 3.5 labor hrs||2007 Audi A3 ~ 6.0 labor hrs|
|Sport Cars||N/A||2007 Porsche 911 ~ 5.2 - 6.5 labor hrs|
|SUVs/Crossovers||2013 Porsche Panamera ~ 5.5 - 5.7 labor hours||2007 Subaru Forester ~ 2.7 labor hours|
|Pickup Trucks||2007 Ford F-350 ~ 2.9 labor hrs||2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD ~ 7.0 - 14.3 labor hrs|
|Range = 2.7 labor hrs to 14.3 labor hrs|
Upgrading to a Turbocharger
Are you considering modifying your car for a turbo upgrade? For a non turbo car, the work and costs involved can be complicated. It isn’t as simple as adding a turbocharger.
The various components have to be built to withstand the extra force and power from a turbocharger. You may need additional parts such as: downpipe, intake piping, knock sensor, boost controller, blow off valve, intercooler, exhaust manifold, high capacity fuel pump and fuel lines.
How to Save Money on a Turbocharger?
Don’t be put off by the number (and cost) of parts you may need. Ask your mechanic for a full list of all the part numbers. But don’t buy them from the mechanic or a brick and mortar store. Enter the numbers in the “Search By OEM Number” box on the top left of this page. You can almost always find a much better deal online, since you are cutting out the middleman.
There are plenty of great aftermarket turbochargers which are just as good or better than the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) turbochargers. These aftermarket turbochargers are exactly the same as the OEM and sell for just a fraction of the price.
Find Your Turbocharger
To find the correct turbocharger that is guaranteed to fit your car at an unbeatable price, use the Year, Make, and Model search at the top left of this page. If you find the turbocharger cheaper somewhere else, give one of our