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    Thumbs up Self-Service.

    I have an 08 Vec 1.8 Design. Only 8 months old when i bought it with 16k miles. The dealer carried out a service (oil & filter only) when i bought it even though it wasn't due on age or mileage.

    Another service was due this month, on time, ie one year, and for the first time in nearly 30 years i carried it out myself. Ok, i did have help from a mate who works at "In and Out Servicing" in Bristol.

    We bought top quality parts from "Euro Car Parts" ; Bosch filters and plugs and the correct GM labelled oil. The grand total for the service was £49 !! That was for oil and filter change with engine flush, air filter, spark plugs, pollen filter and changing the brake and clutch fluid.

    I'm sure this level of service would be in excess of £200 at a main dealer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueboy View Post
    I'm sure this level of service would be in excess of £200 at a main dealer.
    And then some!

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    bet your well chuffed, well done

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    Well done.

    However, you are a bit premature on plugs, air filter and brake / clutch fluid changes.

    Service interval for spark plugs is 80K.....



    Anyway, you just saved well over £200 on dealer costs on one service. And It's probably been done better too.

    Self service all the way for me too.

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    I've always done my own servicing, but I'll be putting my 07 Signum 3.0 CDTi in for it's cambelt in March when it's first MoT is due, so I might as well get all three (belt, MoT and service) done at the same time. Giving it to Marshalls in Leicster on recommendation from maverick as word of mouth is always better on these things...

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    Thanks for the favourable replies, Gents.

    Yes, i know it was a bit early for the plugs, however the gap was about double what it should have been. Could have cleaned, gapped and replaced them i suppose.

    Also, both the air filter and pollen filter were pretty blocked and the air box had a lot of crap in it, ( correct side of the filter, luckily), debris, dust, polystyrene balls, feathers and even a fag butt !! Nice to clean that out.

    The brakes and clutch are now significantly better. Brakes had got a bit wooden and clutch action heavier. The old fluid was not too dark but there was some air in it.

    As i was saving myself a fair amount of cash i didn't mind a bit of "over-servicing".

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    overservicing doesn't do a car any harm mate, jsut costs you a bit more. I changed my oil every 5K in my old 1.9 CDTi and never had an issue in 30K miles...

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueboy View Post
    Thanks for the favourable replies, Gents.

    Yes, i know it was a bit early for the plugs, however the gap was about double what it should have been. Could have cleaned, gapped and replaced them i suppose.

    Also, both the air filter and pollen filter were pretty blocked and the air box had a lot of crap in it, ( correct side of the filter, luckily), debris, dust, polystyrene balls, feathers and even a fag butt !! Nice to clean that out.

    The brakes and clutch are now significantly better. Brakes had got a bit wooden and clutch action heavier. The old fluid was not too dark but there was some air in it.

    As i was saving myself a fair amount of cash i didn't mind a bit of "over-servicing".
    Nice... so well worth it then!...

    have to agree on the service bits, worth changing a little early if you can afford it. on mine as its still in warranty, follow the book (apart from consumables, oil, air, pollen, etc, changed every year regardless) on my other car everything is replaced once a year, with brake fluid every two years and cambelt every 4th year or 40k which is hit 1st.. down to personal choice.

    Never had an issue...

    Good luck!

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