It's been a while, but I thought I would post a follow up for the benefit of others.
With the annual rego safety inspection due shortly I thought it was time to bite the bullet and get this fixed, so off to a different stealership for a bit of diagnostics and another repair quote:
And that was the revised quote, they were going to charge another $2800 for a new headliner because it would probably get damaged when they removed it. Of course you need to remove the windscreen to take the headliner out and that would break too, hence the charge for a new windscreen.
So at that point in time you start to wonder if it is really worth fixing at all, or is time to get another car, they kindly offered me $5000 trade in on a new one.
But of course, given that I probably know more about these cars than the average Chrysler tech, there was another course of action.
Call the local wreckers, fortunatly they have one in the yard with a good airbag, cost $550. This was an added bonus because not withstanding the saving on parts cost over a new one, Chrysler of course doens not carry any parts in this country, so I probably would not see a new airbag until next year, the car needs to be pitted in December.
So how hard is this job? For a start you don't even have to fully remove the headliner, this is the extent of dismantling required:
Look mum, I didn't even have to take the windscreen out.
Total time from start to finish, 2 hours.
Thats $1144 per hour based on the dealership labour cost alone.
Saved enough money to take my whole family on an overseas holiday at Christmas.
:-D :-D :-D :-D
So as per the comment above, i am starting to think all dealeships are retarded.