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    Hi

    Looking for some info please.Again, as always, thanks in advance !!

    Running standard alloys with 225/45 x 17 tyres.Got all tyres at 32 psi.Is that correct?

    Secondly,phoned my local Arnold Clark today to ask about service pricing. There were 2 that appealed to me.One was a 32 point service that included and oil&filter,air filter for approx £69 and the other fixed price service incl MOT was £99.My car is due its MOT in March so that seems ok.....however, I asked if it was fully synthetic that was used and was told 'no',we use semi-synthetic in ALL cars unless instructed otherwise I said that I thought the 2.2 was fully synthetic 5w-30 as per manufacturer's recommendation?. I was told that would be used if asked, but an additional £30. I find this weird as this is an Authorised Vauxhall Dealer. So this begs the question,if I put my car in here for a service and was to say nowt, they would carry out the service using sem-synthetic.If I got a major mechanical fail and it was the oil, would they accept the blame?

    I priced the consumables required on Halfords 'trade' and the best I can get for fully synthetic,air filter and oil fiter is £41,so the 32 point service seems a good deal........except for the oil used.

    Help..................................

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    Yes, all Vauxhalls since about 2002 have been fully synthetic.

    I wonder how many premature failures of cars are due to idiotic dealers using the wrong oil?

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    Funny isn't it................

    I used this dealer for servicing while my car's warranty was valid.I had a timing chain issue at 26k,then at around 50k miles when my warranty wasn't valid, I used National Tyres for an oil and filter (£32.50 for fully synthetic !! - not too bad),yet at around 53K miles I had an engine failure (fortunately the £2400 bill was paid by Vauxhall).Could be coincidental, but you wonder........Seems the best way is to do it yourself .but its just the mess !!!

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    Filters can be more of an influence on engine failure than oil. I ALWAYS use a genuine filter, I've seen too many Fram/Coopers/Halfords filters fail. They come out like paper mache.

    The spin-on beantin type are particularly bad for going wrong in the cheap brands.

    I'd use cheap oil and a genuine filter before I'd use expensive oil and a cheap filter, personally.

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    To be honest mate, I would avoid Arnold Shark like the plague!

    They're a bunch of no-good cowboys who don't know the first thing about cars. All they want is profit from the unsuspecting public and their customer service is sh11te.

    You'd be better going for a dealer service or one from a Bosch service cetre. They will do the correct service for the age/mileagae of your car, although you'll pay more. But you get what you pay for. Cheap price = cheap service

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