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what happens to your car when the stealership "services" it

Post by Mercmad » Wed 11 Apr, 2018 7:40 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r7xD6t-XNs An S 63 being serviced ,took 11 minutes then taken for the mandatory 'test' drive.

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Post by andyqld » Wed 11 Apr, 2018 6:57 pm

For all of us with stealership service paranoia - we are validated :(
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Re: what happens to your car when the stealership "services" it

Post by Christo C » Thu 12 Apr, 2018 9:50 am

It's not just stealerships; general garages play the same game....

this has been my experience....

1972 VWKombi - engine ruined when garage forgot to put mesh element back into oil bath air cleaner - result was an engine full of bull-dust and sand after a longish country (mostly dirt) road trip across Australia.

1982 VWKombi - garage hoisted it on the fuel tank, rather than the jacking points, denting it so for ever more the fuel gauge was wildly inaccurate and the tank didn't drain properly.

1986 Mercedes - garage failed to change engine oil and transmission oil, filter and gasket but charged anyway. They gave the game away by coating the engine in some ugly oily-looking "product" which made me suspicious and delve further...

1986 Mercedes - "specialist" repairer refurbished head, replaced head gasket, timing chain, lower timing sprocket and chain guides/tensioner and seemed to do a good job there (fingers still crossed), but must've had the apprentice reassemble, so missed either fitting or tightening many ancillary parts. A few days after picking “Janis” up I was greeted with a stuck-pig squeal from the engine bay. Found the Serpentine Belt was the culprit – almost no tension at all. After examining the Belt Tensioner I realized it was cactus, and replaced it. Whilst replacing the Tensioner I noticed that the lower bolt on the Alternator did not look right, and indeed the nut at the other end was loose and hanging by a few threads; I was surprised it had not fallen off… with the squeal gone I heard a rattle and found the three mounting nuts Electromagnetic Clutch assembly on Fan about to fall off; so decided to check "all over" and found some sump bolts missing, the rest just finger tight, starter cable bracket nut missing, air cleaner nuts missing and a leak at the coolant pump... to top it off the Capacitor on the rear of the Alternator was smashed. I felt like my favourite pub had burnt down.

My pet hate: Tyre specialists who tighten wheel nuts with rattle guns, well exceeding the recommended torques, therefore making emergency wheel changes with hand tools impossible.

Don't even get me started on Smash Repairers!!!!!!! :angry4: :violent1:
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Re: what happens to your car when the stealership "services" it

Post by Ivanerrol » Thu 12 Apr, 2018 7:41 pm

Christo C wrote:
Thu 12 Apr, 2018 9:50 am
My pet hate: Tyre specialists who tighten wheel nuts with rattle guns, well exceeding the recommended torques, therefore making emergency wheel changes with hand tools impossible.
That's why you need to carry one of these around.
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2600mm breaker bar with long 17mm socket.


Worst experience with a stealership/indie mechanic.

In 1980 I bought an BMW E9 3.0Si off a mate who was in financial difficulties. I was actually working overseas at the time but home on a holiday when I bought it.
I went back overseas and my mother was driving it around. She thought there was some weird overhead noises from the engine. She couldn't get a hold of me however the family doctor owned a BMW and he recommended a allegedly high profile BMW independent in the eastern suburbs.
She took it there. The owner recommended a new head. After he installed that he told my mother that the bottom end needed doing to compensate for the new head's extra compression. Charged more than $5K to do allegedly do these works. Then he told her the clutch needed doing - another $2K.

A few months later I came back to Australia on holiday to be met with a $7K bill :banghead:
I took the car out to the mate who I'd bought the car off - he was a mechanic. He checked the engine - never been touched. $7K phantom bill.

This alleged BMW specialist is still in Business. :bs: albeit with a different owner.
W211 - E240
W204 - C280
Departed
W202 - C200, C180, C180
W126 - 380SE , 380SE (Ex SA Import), 560SEL
W124 - 300e, 260e (ex Japan)
W111 220s (Indonesia) 4 speed manual column shift
W123 230
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W140 420SEL
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Re: what happens to your car when the stealership "services" it

Post by Lance » Thu 12 Apr, 2018 10:32 pm

Hope you didn't pay.
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Re: what happens to your car when the stealership "services" it

Post by Ivanerrol » Fri 13 Apr, 2018 12:27 am

Lance wrote:
Thu 12 Apr, 2018 10:32 pm
Hope you didn't pay.
Too late. My mother paid the bill. It was months afterward I returned after the job was allegedly done.
The business owner was arrogant to say the least.

Having said all that. Some of the rarer E9's are bringing big bucks in Europe - bigger bucks than most of the comparable MB's of the period.
CSi's. Batmobiles, 3.0Si's and 3.3Li's particularly.
W211 - E240
W204 - C280
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W111 220s (Indonesia) 4 speed manual column shift
W123 230
W116 450SEL
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Re: what happens to your car when the stealership "services" it

Post by Mercmad » Fri 13 Apr, 2018 8:48 am

I had a 3.0Si . I bought it as a write off when they were still valuable cars . A great driving car and pretty fast for it's day. mine had wiped out a kangaroo so i fitted a new front clip and away i went. A mate had a rare 5 speed version which was really fast. When i got rid of it they were still fetching around $3000 . I have n't seen one on the road for years.

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Re: what happens to your car when the stealership "services" it

Post by Ivanerrol » Fri 13 Apr, 2018 11:01 am

Mercmad wrote:
Fri 13 Apr, 2018 8:48 am
I had a 3.0Si . I bought it as a write off when they were still valuable cars . A great driving car and pretty fast for it's day. mine had wiped out a kangaroo so i fitted a new front clip and away i went. A mate had a rare 5 speed version which was really fast. When i got rid of it they were still fetching around $3000 . I have n't seen one on the road for years.
Be prepared to pay 40 - 50K for a good 3.0Si, double that for a good CSi. I saw a 3.3Li asking 150K Euros a few weeks ago.
Batmobiles that haven't been raced will have 300SL prices shortly
W211 - E240
W204 - C280
Departed
W202 - C200, C180, C180
W126 - 380SE , 380SE (Ex SA Import), 560SEL
W124 - 300e, 260e (ex Japan)
W111 220s (Indonesia) 4 speed manual column shift
W123 230
W116 450SEL
W140 420SEL
W210 E240, E240
W209 CLK 240
W201 190e 2.6 (ex U.K.)

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