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    Thumbs up Vauxhall vs Me!

    I called VX to book in for a service, My car is 5 yrs old SRI 1.9cdti with only 32k miles on clock so I asked for full 40k miles service. They said that would be £200 to replace the pollen, air, fuel and oil filter, replace oil and check the brakes. Everything else would be additional . I said ok to this on the phone but then had second thoughts about it.

    I went to Vx bought a rear wiper arm, rear wiper blade and drivers side wiper blade and screenwash for £36. I went to local autoparts centre bought oil, air, fuel, pollen filter, 5w30 fully synthetic oil, small bottle of concentrated coolant and Latex gloves for £67.50

    I went to local tools place and bought Bahco 1/2" socket set for £50 and 1/4" Draper Expert socket set for £26. Blue roll cost £3

    In total I spent £182.50

    I spent a couple of hours changing all the parts on the car and inspected the brake pads (which don't need changing). I topped up the coolant level and put screenwash in the car. At the end of all that I have 2 excellent socket sets with Lifetime Warranty and I'm still quids in!

    VX would have charged £200 for service plus £30 odd for wipers and probably charged for coolant top up as well so by me reckoning I've saved a good £50

    I'd just like to say that this forum helped me with changing the fuel filter, excellent tuts btw and also with resetting the Service interval on the dash so thanks to all who have taken the time to write tutorials!

    BTW I am experienced in working with cars, I had to buy the tools cause my bro got married and took his tools away! so anyone looking to do this without being experienced should get a good manual or follow the tuts on this site, a basic service is really a very simple task!

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    You did the best thing. I think. It is very satisfying when you have done the work yourself.

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    money well spent and a job well done 1-0 to you i feel

    0-Large smile ......every time it's driven

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    i would of done the same mate...satisfaction all the way

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    DIY all the way IMO

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    £200 and they prob would of spent 25 mins on it. They prob wud charge for coolant my mate has a Peugeot 407 and his dealer wanted £13 to fill the screenwash when he had it in for a service!

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    Cheers guys, I really enjoyed it, must be a good year or so since I really got stuck into a car so it was nice to do. Some really nice things about servicing the car is the easy access to every service item, eg pollen filter...2 second job! Also the drain plug on the oil filter, just connect a small length of hose and it's the cleanest oil filter change ever!

    I was thinking last night "why would I give VX £200 when I have the skills to do it mayself" so I did the maths in my head and thought that even if I did still break even at vx's price I'd still have something to show for it in the form of tools and equipment for next time, also means next service will be a lot cheaper.

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