Good workshop in darwin

Submitted: Friday, May 29, 2009 at 08:53
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HI all, We have just come up the Track into Darwin and need to get the wheel bearings/transmission checked out for strange noises ,we arei n Darwin now are,we have a Ford Explorer ,prefer not to go to Ford as the mortgage is big enough already,can someone reccomend a go workshop please.We are in the Lee Point area.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 08:58

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 08:58
No help I know but everything is more expensive here.

Cost me $131 to get the 105,000 k check done on the Croozer at Toyota yesterday. Basically an oil change and check driveshaft nuts.

Hows the mossies at Lee Point.
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Follow Up By: Serendipity of Mandurah (WA) - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 10:22

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 10:22
I know what you mean - just had the 40,000k service done and it cost me $820

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 13:39

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 13:39
Old age is creepng I forgot to say I am in Darwin also.
My 80,000k cost me $912 in Qland.

Got the 100,000 k check done in Coburg in Melbourne and while the cost of $660 was reasonable I told them not to put an airfilter in as the one in it was only 15,000k old.
Next day coulldnt find the air filter i had with the other gear.
Rang them up Answer was Well it was there so he put it in.
My answer I gave u the instructions in writing so am coming around to collect it. OH its probably in the rubbish.
Went around and as suspected mechanic had it under his bench.
Bloody thieves. Went for a drive thought s*** it feels like a 1hz. Opened bonnet and two of the rubber tubes around the air filter and over rocker cover werent reconnected
As well as that oil was overfilled by 3/4 in on dipstick Obviously done by a dipstick.

Not a happy camper.

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Reply By: anglepole - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 09:19

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 09:19
Keep away from Kerry Holden Nissan etc, They can teach all how to empty your wallet,bank account etc.

Check with the NT motoring auto club they may be able to help.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kroozer (WA) - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 12:32

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 12:32
Definitely stay away from them. Serviced my FIL's car last year, and didnt do the filter up properly. Knowing damn well that it had to travel 2000kms the next day, got it home 2 days later and noticed oil leak. Dipstick was only just registering oil. Brand new VE SS Commodore, its first service and that happens. Lucky it was noticed as i was looking after it at the time and was due to take it back up to Darwin later that day. Rang them and all they could say was must of hit something on the way home. I dont think so mate, the filter sits up higher then the sump and front bumper, and there perfectly fine. No apologie or anything, couldnt care less.
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Reply By: Member - Josh J (NT) - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 09:55

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 09:55
Hi Guys,

I asked the same question on here a few months ago and was told that Phil Kerr of Phil Kerr Service Centre was very good, i have not been to him at this stage so am only going on what i was told by two other people opn this forum.

He is located in the city.

Phil Kerr Service Centre. (08) 8981 4630. 9 Harriet Pl, Darwin


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Follow Up By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 10:05

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 10:05
Phil & his staff have been good to us over the years. The only reason we don't use him now is that we live to far away for convenience. We use JJE Automotive in Palmerston industrial area.

JJE Automotive
Unit 1, No2 McKenzie Place
Phone 8983 3321

both of the above will look after you, and if "it ain't broke", they don't fix it (and don't charge for it either). They only charge for the work they do. They will also keep you informed of what may needed in the future.

If you want more info, you can email me

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VKS 737: Mobile/Selcall 1334

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Follow Up By: Haza - Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 01:29

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 01:29
I used Phil a couple of times while I lived in Darwin and found him to be friendly and honest. I'd use him again if I was still there.
Same as the above with any of Kerry's service centres, wouldn't go near them, charge like a wounded bull from what the locals say. I've been in there service yard as the company cars got serviced there and every car had a apprentice working on the vechicles. Poor kids been made miniuinm wage and charging the customer full rates. A Joke.
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Reply By: Member - Rodney B- Friday, May 29, 2009 at 18:53

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 18:53
One of the best mechanics around Darwin is Coles Motors at Palmerston.
Peter is an ex Toyota mechanic and knows fourwheel drives backwards.
I uses him for many years when we lived in Darwin. Just had my clutch replaced in Melbourne and got it back today, speedo not working and they can't figure out why. So bloody frustrating.
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