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post #11 of 28 (permalink) Old 25th July 2006
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I know when I asked my main dealer about the 72k service, their quote was close to £1,000.

I quickly left and headed for the local independent garage, and promptly saved myself £450 for the identicle work to be done.
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Smile Cost of Service and Belt change

I was in the same position a few weeks ago. I was told that any reputable garage can now complete and stamp the service book and as long as Renault parts are used, then the warranty remains available. Taking this option, I had my car seviced, 72000 miles, and the belts kit changed at a total cost of 450, this work being done by a company in Swansea who are said to be Renault specialists. They came from a recommendation and I now know are used by local taxi firms running Renauls. I'm more than happy with thier service and coustomer care.
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My cambelt's just about due for a change, too. I was looking in the Hayne's manual and it says the cambelt tension needs to be checked electronically by specialist (Renault) equipment to both check the tension and measure the 'vibration frequency'. Goes on to say if it's done 'by hand', as it were, you need to dash off to the local Renault garage asap to have it checked and verified. Recommends you don't drive long distance or at high revs until this is done.
Frankly, it scared me to death.
Is this precaution really necessary?

Incidentally, one of my local garages quoted 342+VAT for full service (using my oil ) and cambelt change which sounds reasonable but when I read the above, I got a little worried!
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contact for the (2nd hand) water pump, they will ship via DHL.

cam belt is about 70 i think from any main parts supplier, Partco etc...

get a list of whats needed for the service interval you are due for.
Obviously its cheaper if you buy the parts to be replaced on the service yourself as the garage will add 20% for tax etc...

garage costs....
depends on where you are, obviously the main stealers will cost most.

try asking your local taxi drivers where they get thier cars serviced, ask at least 4 or 5 drivers from different firms to get a good enough spread of garages (black cabs tend to get done by a cab specialist).

See who is the most popular, then go visit them and discuss the rates for the service you need.
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Originally Posted by mord View Post
contact for the (2nd hand) water pump, they will ship via DHL..
Are you serious?
a new genuine water pump from renault is only about 60 or an equivalent one from a motor factors for less.
Also how can you tell a second hand water pump is going to be any good?The best you can do is spin it and wiggle it and say that the bearing is ok,What you can't say is that in the next few months the seal isn't going to start weeping and letting water into the bearing and if that happens you will be lucky if the water pump lasts another 1000 miles.
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