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    Default Scottish Vec owners : Where do you get your Vec serviced?

    My 2004 3.0 V6 CDTi SRi is almost at service time again. It had a full service in 2006 when I got it but since then I've not had it fully serviced although it has had it's oil and filter changed annualy.

    I'm located in Falkirk and I'm looking for recommendations of where to bung mine in to get it serviced. It's done almost 55k, I'm not sure what will be required at the next service at that mileage, when does the timing belt get changed for instance?.

    I'm not taking it to any of my local VX dealerships for the job, it would cost me a fortune and having used both of them before for other things, I'm not that impressed with them anyway.

    So can some kind Scottish fella recommend me a good independant place that knows Vec's inside out for me to get mine serviced at?. I don't mind travelling ( within reason ) a few miles to somewhere that is a trusted place to go.

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    Engine : 2.0 cdti/1.6 Turbo

    Year : 13/07

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    Why not try here bud http://www.goodgaragescheme.co.uk/

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    lol none of the actual decent garages id go for to get any of my cars serviced/fixed isnt listed on that site.
    Last edited by vec3.2; 8th October 2009 at 21:08. Reason: spelling

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    Its a fairly new service mate, probably take a while to get them all on there

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    Quote Originally Posted by RSV_Ecosse View Post
    My 2004 3.0 V6 CDTi SRi is almost at service time again. It had a full service in 2006 when I got it but since then I've not had it fully serviced although it has had it's oil and filter changed annualy.

    I'm located in Falkirk and I'm looking for recommendations of where to bung mine in to get it serviced. It's done almost 55k, I'm not sure what will be required at the next service at that mileage, when does the timing belt get changed for instance?
    Good to see a local fellow 3.0 V6 CDTI SRI owner (Cumbernauld isn't that far!)

    I get mine serviced at Arnold Clark Glasgow South, but I've been using them for 10 years now
    Typical service cost is £150 plus VAT and that is using 10w40 oil
    Since your car is out of warranty that oil is sufficient

    I book the car online usually five business days in advance, with a note that I need the car back by 13:00
    I get the car there for 08:30, so that work can be commenced AM
    The reasons I put completion for 13:00 is that they go for an hours lunch
    I then go to the Cineworld in Glasgow, by the time I get back the service is completed
    Sometimes there is warranty repair work, but the problem with this car is the lack of available parts
    It usually takes between 3 and 10 business days for them to come in
    The car is then booked in for the next available day I have and I wait while it is completed, this is one thing where they are really good

    Check if your car is on ECO Flex, if you've never done this before take the key out of the ignition and press the odometer reset
    It will now display the miles left to next service
    If nothing appears, then refer to service book
    The interval on ECO Flex is 2 years / 30K miles, and on standard is 2 years / 20K miles

    This should be your cars third service, based on 5 years old and 55K miles
    How long since the last service?
    edit : I've just seen that the last service was 2006, but oil and filter changes every year
    Full service is every 2 years, with mileage limits as above
    Personally, I would ask for a quote inclusive of oil, oil filter, air filter, pollen filter, and fuel filter
    The front brakes last about 30K miles, the rears about 20K miles
    The discs can last to 3 sets of pads, but its recommended to replace at every second set
    The brake fluid should be changed as well, due every 2 years

    I know you are wary of dealerships, but I've not found an independent I can trust (yet)
    I get quoted a price but it invariably changes
    I use dealerships and the price pretty much never changes so I know exactly what the bill will be before work starts

    The timing belt (cambelt) is 10 years / 100K miles
    However the v-belt comes first at 10 years / 80K miles
    Personally, I would do both at the same time
    Equally, make sure you get the cambelt kit as the two rollers need to be replaced
    The disadvantage on the cambelt is the labour, at 6 hours, which makes this job expensive so ask for the labour rate

    The Arnold Clark I use are getting quite used to my car now, its the only V6 CDTI they ever see, due to the low volume of thie car type
    They managed to complete the cambelt change on mine a few weeks ago in 5 hours
    I do 40K miles a year, so its in for a service every 9 months (20K miles, that's as far sa the service indicator will go)

    The service itself takes between 1 and 2 hours
    The engine takes 8 litres of oil, that alone costs about £50

    My car is still under warranty, and part of that warranty includes the servicing and brakes
    I therefore haven't paid for any of my servicing or repairs yet (see below)
    However, I always ask how much it would have been so that I know what it will cost in future

    The only repairs I paid for myself recently were :
    a new headlight switch, as the internal bulbs had failed (cost £100)
    a replacement key, as the buttons had worn, so I dropped it into a cup of water, but the warranty claim was still refused as the key element still worked (cost £105)
    Last edited by m8internet; 8th October 2009 at 21:36.

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    Wow!!!. That's some excellent info there, many thanks!!.

    I got the pads replaced all round last year, it also got a new set of front discs at that time.

    Glad to hear the belt change intervals are a fair bit off for me so far though!!.

    I have no idea if I'm on ECOFLEX or not, will check tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RSV_Ecosse View Post
    I have no idea if I'm on ECOFLEX or not, will check tomorrow
    It makes little difference. as the car is out of warranty
    Equally, its been at least 2 years since the last service so its either ECO service, disabled, or is being reset at the oil and filter changes!

    Strange to get a set of front pads and discs at frst replacement

    My front brake pads went at 30297, 56436, and 74488 the final one getting discs
    As above, I normally replace discs at the second set of pads, but I was advised at 56436 the discs were in good condition and would easily last to the third set
    However, at the third set they agreed they might not last to the end of that set and replacement discs were authorised

    Sadly the same can't be said of the rears!
    At 47535 the rear pads AND discs went!
    67459 the rear pads went!
    I suspect the rear pads are now overdue...

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post

    The only repairs I paid for myself recently were :
    a new headlight switch, as the internal bulbs had failed (cost £100)
    The "bulb" (SMD) only costs pennies and can be swapped in 10 minutes.

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    I am the kind of person that can't be bothered replacing such items myself
    Removing the trim, opening it up, replacing all the failed bulbs, reassembling, replacing trim

    I now have the old headlight switch as a spare
    I haven't had the time yet to strip it down and replace the bulbs
    If it goes again then I can reuse
    If not, then it can be sold

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    try autovaux mate they are independant vauxhall specialists located at carron place kelvin industrial estate east kilbride i use them all the time and cant recommend them highly enough,try and avoid arnold clark as they are worse than useless imo,although im sure others will disagree

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