All one job, but they kept having to order in parts like bolts and bushes that couldnt be re-used, so overall they had the car for a couple of weeks. By struts I mean shocks and springs yes...
They want nearly 23 hours of labour though which sounds a lot.
2.5 hours for an basic oil service - which sounds rediculous to drain the oil, swap the filter and re-fill
You do have to drop off the front exhaust pipe and pre-cat off the turbo to get at the oil filter on a 20v - adds to the time, especially if any of the bolts snap and need drilling out. Still seems a little excessive but maybe they had difficulties..
4 hours to change the centre seat belt? I would have done it myself if I knew...
You do have to strip the whole seat down to get at the seat belt. I've never done it as I know its a bit of a horrible job, I've always just swapped the seat backs with another from a breaker, job jobbed. Its not something I'd want to pay a mechanic to do, I'd use a seat trimmer or do it myself personally, a mechanic is going to be no quicker as they don't usually have a great amount of experience of doing stuff like that, they are better at cambelts & clutches etc.
16.5 hours for the suspension work - which admitably I couldn't do myself but over 2 full days for a proffesional garage!?>!?!
Total bill isn'y much shy £1900 when it was taken in primarily to have 4 supplied shock absorbers fitted (which btw aren't costed in that figure).
I really don't know that I can afford that to be honest. Dont know what to do.
I changed 4 shocks & springs on my driveway in 2008 and considering the car had all been stripped out only 2 years prior, it was still a huge battle with corrosion and I spent 26 hours on it over 3 weekends. It can be a horrible job, lots of steel bolts in aluminium housings etc. 16 hours is a lot, but sometimes we've had shocks & springs all round jobs in and its taken perhaps not far off 2 days work to do the job completely for a technician on a ramp with air tools. Perhaps their techniques are not the best, oxyacetelene always speeds things up but they might not have the equiptment, instead if they are drilling out every broken/rounded bolt it could take those sorts of times. The last one I did I did in the workshop and I did it in 8 hours - but the shocks and springs I removed had only been on for 10 ish thousand miles and everything was free.
It may be that they have actually spent that amount of time on your car, and so they are charging for it. You can give estimations of how long a job will take but you can't predict how badly corroded things will be. Maybe look for a better garage next time.