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Old 08-07-2003, 20:14   #1 (permalink)
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Full-service recommendations

I'm looking to get my EA put in for a full-service but having no experience I figured I'd get some advice from y'all.

I'm posting in the E-series section because from what I understand, servicing varies by the type of car, so...

Anyway, I'm trying to get an idea of price and what I get for a full-service. So far I've been told anything from all liquids being checked and replaced if necessary, plus suspension, brakes, lights, air conditioning system, etc. to having the liquids cost extra and suspension not being included. Prices have also varied from $150 to $250.

Also, if anyone can recommend someone in the Melbourne area that they think are trustworthy, it'd be much appreciated.
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Old 08-08-2003, 00:53   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Full-service recommendations

Well if they're only doing oils and coolant changes I wouldn't call it a full service - I'd expect them to do all the grease nipples at the very least as well.
For those prices, you should DIY. It's not hard, requires an adjustable spanner and a big screwdriver, oh and an oil catch pan (any long flat tray).
Basically just a case of draining the oil and coolant and replacing, and topping up the brake fluid. This is what most major service joints do anyway.
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A service as basic as that is about 80 bucks. I haven't seen grease nipples on cars now for ages, maybe the odd uni joint. I work at a ford dealership and thats all we charge for the type of service your after.
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Old 08-08-2003, 03:08   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Full-service recommendations

Ok, but what I'm wanting is a full-service, not just an oil change. I think they call it a 50,000km service.
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A service as basic as that is about 80 bucks. I haven't seen grease nipples on cars now for ages, maybe the odd uni joint. I work at a ford dealership and thats all we charge for the type of service your after.
Actually now you mention it I haven't either

So the only real difference between full and basic service would be brake flush and a check of the shocks etc., as far as I can see.
Oh and maybe wheel bearings.
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I'm getting a full service soon..which includes diff oil change, automatic service (a service on its own really) oil change, oil filter change, fuel filter etc etc etc
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doesn't it say in the manual what they do at each service?
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Old 08-08-2003, 18:46   #8 (permalink)
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I don't know any 'great' places in melb. cause i haven't taken my car to get serviced anywhere yet.

However, this is what i do have to say. I took my car in, because the clutch was playing up, and the owner of the place, an old italian man, helped me out for about 20mins or so, we went on a drive etc> He was very very nice and charasmatic, and he didn't charge me anything (nothing was wrong, but he said if it continues bring in and 'the boys' will put it up on the lift).
Then when he asked if i had been there before, which i hadn't, and he gave me a discount card.
It sure made me want to go back, which i did cause i got my car booked in on tues. After that i could tell how good the mechanics are really. But this guy was soo nice, not like most mechanics i know. (luckily i don't know any mechanics that read this hehehehe)

the place was burger motors in clayton, it's a repco place (errrr)

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my full service cost me like $800
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The first service on my fairmont was a major one and it cost me $650, it included, mobil 1 oil plus filter, new air filter, new fuel filter, leads ,plugs, full lube, new centre exhuast and new front brake pads and machining the rotors.

went like shit off a shovel from that day onwards... last major service cost me $120 because there was nothing worn out or broken. Pays to do it right every time!
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