I'd rather spend the money on Petrol...

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I'd rather spend the money on Petrol...

Postby IanH » Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:11 pm

3 year service and MOT, dealer prices including VAT:

- Arnold Clark Aberdeen, Service £254.83 / MOT £54 = £308.83
- Barnetts Dundee, Service £184.03 / MOT £49 = £233.03

Difference is £75.80

Distance between is 66.4 miles x 2 = 132 / 50MPG = 2.64 gallons or 12 litres x 1.30/l = £15.60 which means £60 to spend on a grand day out in Dundee... :D
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Re: I'd rather spend the money on Petrol...

Postby drumtochty » Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:21 pm

I had a similar thing wih my Turbo Impreza many years ago and te Aberdeen garage matched the price.
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Re: I'd rather spend the money on Petrol...

Postby DrewN » Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:01 pm

5th year service at Ness Motors (brother's garage with hydraulic lift and all tools - great to have such a well equiped garage)

5 litres fully synthetic Castrol, new oil filter, new sump plug washer, cleaned air filter, no gearbox oil change as car has only done 22,000 miles, carried out all other normal service list checks - no problems found. Even included OBD check printout. Total £30.

MOT at D&G Autocare, Dunfermline - £29. no issues.

Grand total - £59 - Result.

OK I bought my brother a bar lunch as a thank you but have not added this to the service cost as I had one too.
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Re: I'd rather spend the money on Petrol...

Postby Scott_J » Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:54 pm

Arnold Shark is a well known pirate so why bother.

@Drew, 22000 in 5 years, tut tut, you need to get out more :)
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Re: I'd rather spend the money on Petrol...

Postby drumtochty » Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:35 pm

Drew, I know that the garage trade outside of main dealers in good faith do not change diff and gearbox oil but at the next service I would do both as they both carry large wear metal loads from the first 15,000 miles.

This is a gearbox used oil analysis from an NC at 22,000 miles, notice the first three wear metals on the list, as it gets lower in the list it is additive metals being reported.

You will also note the oil has sheared out of spec.

http://www.billswebspace.com/11%20MIATA-TR-041412.jpg

The next one is the diff, look at the iron number, it is very high at 22,000 miles. In this case the oil is holding up well but I would not want that amount of iron in the diff oil.

http://www.billswebspace.com/11%20MIATA-D-041412.jpg
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Re: I'd rather spend the money on Petrol...

Postby OldSpice » Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:41 pm

Which reminds me actually.
I may elect to change my Mk1 diff lube.
It's only coming up for a quarter century old and done 143,000 miles.
On the other hand, I might not if it turns out there is:
A) None left :oops:
B) Requires chiselled out. :shock:
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