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