I brought my 2002 Mazda Tribute in because I had a service light on and oil leak from the drain plug. This dealership said I needed a new alternator ($500+ charge) and a new oil pan gasket ($400+ charge). Since the vehicle is 13 years old I declined service.
I brought it to a Mom & Pop repair shop in Inverness, FL. They checked the alternator & said it was charging fine & that the light was due to low coolant. The mechanic then checked the oil pan & said that since the oil pan is aluminum, the mechanic that changed my oil last over-tightened the plug. The mechanic said that he could grind down the indentation in the pan & replace the stripped drain plug.
Total cost of repairs was less than $40, for a total savings of over $925 from the Ford dealership estimate. Don't think I will be shopping for a Ford at that dealership anytime soon.