Well my XR6 is up for a 30K service (free as part of the AUII service plan) and i'm planning to get it done sometime this week if possible.
But upon thinking about it, it seems theres more hassles than good. I have a list of things to tell them what not to do with the car and the hassle of watching my car whilst the service is taking place.
Yes i'm very very picky when it comes to looking after cars and for me these scheduled services are a frustrating time.
Here is my list of criterias and my reasons:
1. No oil change as i change the oil myself with Mobil 1 10w-30 ($82.50 per 5litre) every 7.5k. (I have receipts for tbe oil/filter)
Reason: I've seen the mechanics fill the oil over the full mark to the point of 5cm over. Oil filters not tightened properly making a total mess of the engine bay.
2. No car wash and engine bay wash.
Reason: They use sponges that are almost black and the car comes back with mega swirl marks all over the paint. Engine bay, my engine bay i already detailed and cleaned with out mega high pressure water and the degreaser stuff that screws the colour of the plastic and makes a total mess of the engine bay.
3. No Rattle Gun for the wheels.
Reason: Stuffs the locknuts and strips the chrome of them.
4. Prior Inspect of the car with the service advisor.
Reason: I do not want a mark on the car when it comes back from the service.
5. Will have to end up buying 4 wheel nuts to put on temporary so they don't stuff up the security wheel nuts.
So is there anyone else here that worries about there cars at the service, or am i just being to fussy.
Motor May 2001 Quote: "Believe it or not, there are actually a bunch of weirdos out there who reckon a six cylinder is the dux gutz. Bugger it: I'm one of them" :s5
AUII Late Ed XR6 HP T5 Venom- Full Tickford Body Kit, 17in Wheels, Herrod Bi-plane Spoiler, Momo Steer/Gear, T-Series Interior Options, Premium Stereo and a very light-tuned 4.0L I6
(FPV-Tickford Club of NSW Member and Co-Founding Member of 3FB Inc, Ford Forums Food Bandits)
Gary, by no means are you being too fussy.. After all it's your car just make sure you go to a trusted dealer. I have experienced what so called mechanics can do to a car (not at Ford but mechanics all the same) For example, lifting my car by its sill panel... over filling the gearbox till it's almost coming out of the filler tube, smearing grease all over my new carpet and I won't even talk about the motor..... I guess just become best friends with the Ford Dealer and you'll be right, just be sure to let them know what you want and don't want when they touch your car. I'm sure someone here has a trusted dealer... I read it somewhere but can't remember (think it was in Ryde, which is to far for you). One thing I learnt... DO IT YOURSELF IF YOU CAN
LSUG (Leaf Spring Users Group) Durability Tester and Restorer.
Delete striped BAGTs look like (*)(*)less models!!!!
When I had the Sprint serviced I'm sure they thought I was a pain in the arse. My critereia was much the same & I stayed with my car, they made me wait in the waiting room but I made sure they knew I was watching them from the door
I was lucky & had the time to do this. I would have hated having to leave her all alone with them.
Its hardly the quality of the chrome plate, its the using of well worn bit that turns the nuts. Using a snug fitting socket would be fine - however this is uncommon in my opinion.
Unfortunately I don't have time to sit around and watch my service center perform work on my new baby. However they can be guarenteed that i'll crack the shits if my car is not returned in the same condition it arrived.
Falcon Killer (if you believe what Ford Service Departments have to say about me)
AU II XR6 - October 2001 ~ December 2002 - RIP
BA XR6 - December 2002 ~ Soon to disappear if Ford CRC can't fix it....
45,000km service coming up - and i'll be asking for a sizable list of fixes:
* Gearbox (3rd time)
* Steering click (5th time)
* Brake Shudder (2nd time, and has the applied "Fix")
I second that Ian, i don't have the time to look over my baby, but 1 mark on it or whatever, LOOK OUT !!!!!
Though I'm lucky i deal with Steve at Garlicks so whatever happens i know it won't be a prob to get things sorted out to my satisfaction............
'02 XR8 S111 220kw + a little more
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