Money for jam

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 13:26
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Now we all know the stealers are directly related to Ned Kelly, but cop this lot.

I just had the 70K service done at the local stealer .... I know they rip me off and endeavour to perform un-natural acts upon my nether regions, however I'm prepared to go along with it whilst the beast is still under warranty.

So on Monday I get a call ... "We noticed the rear pads are due for replacement, but don't you worry your pretty little head sir ... $340 should cover it nicely"

Thanks, but no thanks says I. Purchased a set of gebuine pads for $114.85 and without all the fancy tools or workshop, about 1 hour and 1 stubby later ... job finished.

Not a bad earner for 'em hey???

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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 14:03

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 14:03

Know what you mean! At my last (yes last for Nissan) service they also mentioned that I needed rear pads by the next service (no quote) and a new rear muffler (threw anumber at me of about $260 for genuine or somerthing less for non). They are good indeed. Haven't looked at either as yet but with just 50,000 on the clock and very sparing use will do this myself before the next trip.

Kind regards
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Follow Up By: djpatrol - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 16:15

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 16:15
You might be interested that I have a 1999 GU 4.2 TD with 102,000km on the clock an still have Original Pads, less than half worn checked the other day,I also sparingly use them as well I tow a big van. AMAZING HEY.

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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 22:17

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 22:17
To dj and Beatit,

I have the 4.2TD also and am still on original rear pads at 265000km but fronts were changed at 208000. So I agree with dj, AMAZING.

Cheers, Trevor.
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 07:29

Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 07:29
Hi DJ and Trevor,

Mine's an auto so I am prepared to accept that they could be wearing a little quicker.

Kind regards
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Reply By: scoof - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 15:30

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 15:30
$225.15 per hour not too bad. I'm in the wrong trade me thinks.

Cheers Scoof
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 15:54

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 15:54
And you could bet that the mechanic ,oops , no such thing anymore is there ,now all dealers have is someone called a service technician who gets paid mayby 5% of that $225 per hr labour charge ,, and while at it how come a "service station" is called just that ,have not had anything even remotely resembling "service" at a fuel station in over 20yrs.
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Follow Up By: Mr Fawlty - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 17:12

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 17:12
Yeah, a nice hourly rate if you can get it. Dealers are notoriously extortionate on service & parts pricing. I really am amazed that more people don't do their own - even under warranty. I actually have an email from Holden, after a discussion with them re the serviceing costs & practises at my local dealer, authorising me to do my own and guaranteeing warranty so long as I use genuine parts. Warranty long gone now and yes it takes me a full day to do a major service but at least I know that the job is done and it does give you a lot of satisfaction to know that you have not been ripped off & the job is done properly.
The dealer was charging me $200 for 7 liters of oil that retailed for $65... I get it for even less from my local Castrol depot.
Vehicle Maintenance courses are offered via the TAFE system in ACT & NSW and are well worth the dosh considering the long term savings, & ok some work is specialised but the everyday greasing, oil changing, filters etc is simple even for me...
The savings I can spend on other more pleasurable activities...
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Follow Up By: scoof - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 17:32

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 17:32
I would love the job of buying oil for $65.00 and marking it up around 210% and selling it to some poor bloke.As long as he didn't know were I lived, 2nd thoughts don't think I could even be that bad, I couldn't sleep at night.

Cheers Scoof
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 22:14

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 22:14
Yep, I know what you mean. Hubby puts his XR6 turbo in for the 45K service recently. Being the careful sort he actually read the service manual before it went in and discovered that the difference between this "major" service and a normal service was replacement of the air filter only. So he rang the dealers spare parts desk and got a price on the filter - $28.00. A few days later, in goes the car and when he went to pick it up they hit him up for $340. Well he says, why is it so much more expensive than the last service at $260 (rip off anyway)? Oh well it is a major service they say. B****hit he replies, I've read the manual and the only difference is a $28.00 air filter and yes, that's the price from your own spare parts division! Needless to say he had them by the you-know-whats so after a little bit of blustering and huffing and puffing the price was quickly reduced to $300.

:o) Melissa
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Reply By: Member - MrBitchi (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 08:19

Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 08:19
Mate, a lot of this type of thing is purely dealer "up sell", "we'll give the mug punter a call and see what we can get away with". Brake pads are a common item for them to pick on as not many people can be bothered pulling a wheel off to double check. They just take the dealers word.

Had the local Mitsi stealer (big John...) do the same to me not long ago. Claimed the front pads were stuffed and needed replacing NOW. Told them to leave it alone and I'd get back to them. Checked myself when I got it home and pads weren't even down to the wear indicator. In fact I did a further 20K before they NEEDED changing. Got another 30K out of the rears till they were down to the wear line..

Mates wife actually had a casual job a while ago at local Ford place. Job was to ring punters who's car was in for work and attempt to "up sell" various products. She gave it up after a short time as she couldn't handle telling porkies all the time....

Oh, and don't go by what they print on the service invoice either. Usually it's pure fiction. All the items listed as being checked are just printed straight out of the service schedule onto the invoice whether they're done or not. I've caught them out so many times....... Now I'm out of warranty I do my own servicing ;-p
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