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    Default Driver Side Belt Buckle

    Hi all

    Long time since I've been on so hope all is well.

    I have the car in at Holden today because, among other things, I was having trouble sticking the seatbelt into the buckle. At one stage it only seemed to be going in partially as the warning bell kept sounding.

    Anyway, they have returned a finding of a foreign object being forced in there. I can't say what it is and can't say I have looked. Does anyone know if these things could be taken apart. I'd hate to know what they are going to charge me when their 'backorder' comes in.

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    if you're careful with the casing when you take it apart ( and work with the battery off.. seat belt pretensioner. ) you can prise the casing apart.. just be prepared to glue it back together..

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    Right, I am absolutely f*cking filthy.

    Picked up the car this afternoon and was told that there was a foreign object jammed in the buckle and would need to be replaced. I asked how much and was politely told AUD$600. Most of that was taken up with the buckle itself.

    Anyway, armed with the knowledge there was something in there I looked as soon as I jumped in the car and noticed that yes there was something in there but it looked like a 'paper' chewing jum wrapper.

    Within the space of 5 minutes and with paperclip ini hand, it is now out and and the seatbelt is working fine again.

    Another prime example of dealers.

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    Jeeeez - They could have done that for you. Anyway to make money, glad all dealers arent quite as bad.

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    OOhh.. thats so bang out of order....

    Why they never tried to remove it themselves is beyond me..

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    Thanks for the responses guys

    I have to say, the Opelaus site has not been all that supportive of myself. More comments backing up the dealers.

    I'm not trying to bag all dealers but at least understand the situation.

    So what's your opinion on this. Several comments have been in regards to the fact that Holden were acting on safety issue. They are not allowed to muck around with seatbelts etc. I couldn't agree more. If it's busted, frayed etc etc, replace it. However, if I can stick a paperclip in, flick it and the piece of paper comes out, I can't see how I have damaged the clasp or pre-tensioners or........

    If it seriously was a safety issue, then say that. Say, there is something lodged in there but due to law and safety blah blah blah....... Don't just say there is someting lodged in there and here is a quote to fix. Sounds like a rip off straight up.

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    it is a bit like.. 'it's faulty so we have to change it' rather than the good old days when we were paid to actually try and fix it first before swapping on a new unit..

    no offence intended at all, but if you ( the customer) can fix it in under a minute with a paperclip , then what the heck are the dealers up to??....

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