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My car is up and running again. [Aug. 3rd, 2009|06:57 pm]
Douglas Spencer

I've got my car back.

Quotation from main dealership in Reading:
    Supply and fit new gearbox: about £3000.

Work actually done by Nephew's Workshop in Warmington-on-Sea:
    Remove, rebuild/recondition and refit existing gearbox.
    Supply and fit new clutch and new flywheel.
    Supply and fit new cam-belt.
    Supply and fit new front pads and disks.
    Replace both drop arms on front suspension.
    Oil change, new oil filter, new air filter.
    Whatever else he thought was a good idea at the time (mostly wiper blades and light bulbs).
    Grand total: about £1400.

Everyone should have a nephew who is a car mechanic. It's a system that works very well, and I should have thought of it sooner. Well done to Richard for pointing it out.

[User Picture]From: andrewwilde
2009-08-03 06:20 pm (UTC)
Whoot! Good news indeed :o)

And that looks like a very competitive price for all the work done... Seems he knows what he's at, too, as the cambelt & clutch likely didn't need doing right now, but probably would in a relatively short while. But they're accessible when the engine is out, so it's minutes rather than hours to do... Probably saved you a lot in the near future, that...

Oh, and if the car sees a main dealer again, make sure they don't do the cambelt / clutch / whatever on the X,000 mile service "because that's what the manual says"...
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-08-03 06:49 pm (UTC)
I think I got most of the actual parts at very close to cost. He told me he'd do the clutch at the same time as the gearbox because it was good technique, and I actually asked for the cam-belt because it's due (it had one at 60,000 miles and it's now done just under 120,000 miles).

I don't see it going to a main dealer again.
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[User Picture]From: andrewwilde
2009-08-03 06:55 pm (UTC)
I don't see it going to a main dealer again.
I suspect the cambelt alone would have cost over a grand there!
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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2009-08-03 07:39 pm (UTC)
Me, too. The one time I used a Vauxhall specialist (my usual mechanic was engaged with serious family health issues), I was screwed over the price and they managed to botch the job.
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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2009-08-03 07:40 pm (UTC)
It's nice when good things happen for good people.
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[User Picture]From: hawkida
2009-08-03 06:24 pm (UTC)
My only nephew is two years old, so it's just not going to work. However, my brother's a mechanic...
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[User Picture]From: alexmc
2009-08-04 08:16 am (UTC)
Two years old? So we'll start your nephew on fixing your computer :-)
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2009-08-03 06:35 pm (UTC)
There's a time to stop using the main dealers. It's about the same time as the warranty runs out...

Congratulations on your continued and improved mobility.
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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2009-08-03 07:37 pm (UTC)
I've had the same guy look after all three of my cars. When he finally retires, I may have to buy a bicycle.
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[User Picture]From: sarah_mum
2009-08-03 08:12 pm (UTC)
Was that 1st quote from a former political prisoner and world leader? ;0)
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[User Picture]From: beermat
2009-08-03 11:22 pm (UTC)
Can one become an honary nephew? :)
Alas I've got three nieces, and none of them showing any signs of wanting to tinker with machines innards...
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[User Picture]From: redbrown
2009-08-04 07:54 am (UTC)
Glad to hear the car and nephew has come good. With service like that he deserves as many recommendations/business as you can get him!
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[User Picture]From: purple_peril
2009-08-04 10:27 pm (UTC)
Do you hire him out?
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