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Submitted: Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 07:31
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Good morning can anybody recommend a place to get a diesel vehicle serviced in Kununurra.
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Humpback
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Reply By: John and Regina M - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 10:52

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 10:52
A car? Truck? Combine harvester? Tug boat engine?
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Follow Up By: humpback - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 11:54

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 11:54
Hi John
The vehicle is a Ford F 450 turbo diesel.
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Humpback
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Reply By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 12:03

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 12:03
Humpback
Top End Motors for mechanical and electrical work.
I went to them for some electrical work on the BT (new loom) and found them very good.
Wayne, the foreman has left but speak to Luke Robinson, the owner.
Btw, no affiliation.
Cheers
Andrew
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Reply By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 13:54

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 13:54
Humpback, most of the service places in Kununurra are OK - the difficulty as we've found in the past is that they (quite rightfully) put their regular customers first, and the blow-ins go to the back of the queue.

If you have a fairly firm idea of when you'll be there, then book in at least 2-3 weeks in advance.

We've found it not unusual to be told to come back in 3-4 weeks if we want a service. Some are more flexible than others, and we've struck a couple of grumpy ones, however you can see their point - they get a bit fed up with Bert & Doris turning up on the door-step and expecting it to be done tomorrow.....
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Follow Up By: OzBadDude - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 14:49

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 14:49
And you can also have to wait for parts. We were there about a week ago and needed new electric brakes on our camper trailer after the Tanami road had shaken ours loose and they said it would take a week for the parts to get there. So we drove back to Sydney with no trailer brakes. I'm glad we didn't have to wait there for a week.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 22:46

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 22:46
A week for parts to get to Kununurra would be a minor miracle.
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Reply By: JAX W - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 16:53

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 16:53
I would recommend you contact Vanderfield Toyota, Kununurra. They sell and service Toyotas and John Deere. I was there a few weeks ago and a mate had his vehicle serviced there. Good people to deal with - and do it with a smile.

Like others have suggested you should give plenty of notice as they are likely to be busy.

No affiliation, just impressed with people and service provided.

Not so impressed with Vanderfield Toyota, Katherine where I had my vehicle serviced.

Regards, Jack
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 20:00

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 20:00
The local Thrifty franchise at the airport was recommended to me by a manager of a caravan park, when my car was flat topped in from El Questro.

I found them very helpful and fitted me in and did agood job at a fair price.
They do outside work as well as their own mainly Toyota servicing.

Regards Philip A
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Follow Up By: Martin B - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 17:24

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 17:24
+ 1 for Thrifty. Spoke with 2 x F250 southbound owners whilst heading to KNX . Both used and recommended Thrifty out by the Airport for service work.
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Reply By: Member - eighty matey - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 21:07

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 21:07
G'day humpback,

East Kimberley Motors in Mango Street looked after us really well when we were passing through there.

Their mobile number is 0437 154 998. Might be worth a call.

Steve
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Reply By: Ron N - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 22:35

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 22:35
Amazingly, there's no Ford dealer or authorised Ford repair centre in Kununurra - the nearest Ford agents are in Darwin (Hidden Valley Ford) or Broome (Broome Ford).

With a rare and complex vehicle such as the F450, you will find that no-one in Kununurra will stock any parts, including filters, for this model vehicle.
So you will be up for a wait, if you just rock up, and filters are required.

The alternative is to call ahead, and organise the business to get the necessary filters and maintenance items required, to be freighted in - or pick them up in Broome or Darwin, and carry them with you.

Road freight of any parts or maintenance items required will take several days, air freight will be within 48 hrs, but at much higher cost.

KDS Mechanical Repairs will be worth a call, they appear to be "tourist friendly" according to at least one happy campers feedback.

http://www.truelocal.com.au/find/mechanic/wa/north/kununurra/
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 18:30

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 18:30
Excellent point.
A logbook service should be easy for any mechanic.
Things will go south quickly if anything needs replacing.
I would definitely organise the consumables your self. It will save money time and if the mechanic csn see everything is there no hassle for a logbook service he is more likely to push it through.. money for jam.
Besides that.... who wouldnt want to see an f450
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Reply By: get outmore - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 18:34

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 18:34
Great to see so many good reviews from remote country mechanics.
Ill add one for
Argyle engineering.
Fixed my twin wheel carrier next day despite being snowed under for a relatively good price
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Follow Up By: humpback - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 18:44

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 18:44
Thank you to everybody who replied truck has been serviced and all is well.
Cheers
Humpback
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 20:01

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 20:01
Well, that's good news! But - are you going to let us know who this top bloke was, that dropped everything, to service your F450?? [;-)

Did waving a few of those big green notes under his nose make him drop everything on the spot?? LOL
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Follow Up By: humpback - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 20:07

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 20:07
The people who did the job were Top End Motors,rang Monday and they did the job on Tuesday,there moto is first in first served.
Cheers
Humpback
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 01:06

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 01:06
Humpback
That's good news.
It was the same for us. I went around and saw them first thing Monday morning, explained the situation (burnt out loom) and asked if there was any chance of it being done by the end of the week. Bring it around early tomorrow and we will try to finish it in one day - which they did! And at a very reasonable price.
Given how busy they were, I was very impressed.
Cheers
Andrew
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