What Does The Word 'Service' Mean To You? - Page 2 - Renault Forums :: Independent Renault forum

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 18th August 2009
dave_mezza2006's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 20,768
Nominated 6 Times in 11 Posts
Nominated TOTW/F/M Award(s): 5
Thanks: 1,500
Thanked 1,649 Times in 1,307 Posts
The "service" that I get from my independant garage includes :-

Oil and Oil filter
Air Filter
Pollen Filter
Spark Plugs (but depends on whether they need doing at the mileage the car has done)
Check all fluid levels (and top up as necessary), check brakes, electrics, general condtion of car / mechanicals and a road test afterwards.

Anything else that they pick up, attracts an extra charge obviously, like discs and pads etc.

So not much really, and its certainly not something that couldnt be done at home IMO. Not that I'd attempt it these days as I dont have the time etc at the weekends anymore.

I've only ever been to a main dealer for a service once, that was years ago when I had a Vauxhall Cavalier, and at the time it deal fill with confidence that the service was done by a dealer. These days I wouldnt trust main dealers for services etc, I'd rather use my trusty independant garage that knows about cars and mechanicals.
Currently in dave_mezza2006's garage:
2014 Vauxhall Astra Limited Edition 1.4 16v VVT Turbo

Last edited by dave_mezza2006; 18th August 2009 at 07:27 AM.
dave_mezza2006 is online now  
Sponsored Links
post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 18th August 2009
Platinum member
scatz's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 12,008
Nominated 0 Times in 4 Posts
Nominated TOTW/F/M Award(s): 5
Thanks: 59
Thanked 331 Times in 300 Posts
Like others who have gone before me, I would expect a '99 service' to include oil , filters, pads, sparks, check fluids, check brakes and general wear and tear.

Now, for a full service I would expect the above and a check of absolutely everything from mirrors and number plates to lubricating the door hinges etc!

Major service, well......all the above and then some, brake fluid replacement, coolant replacement, fuel filter replacement!

Personally, however, I've never had a car serviced in a garage as I've done the basics myself, oil /coolant/sparks/filters etc. I'm capable of visually inspecting most parts myself also. However, if I were to buy a newer car with full service history then I would probably pay to have a garage service the car to keep the log 'full'

Currently in scatz's garage:
2004 Subaru Legacy GT Spec B, a 2013 2.0 TDCi Titanium X Sport S-Max and a 2001 Honda NSR125R
scatz is offline  
post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 18th August 2009
S.M.A.R.T.(y) Pants
VelSatisfied's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 16,938
Nominated 11 Times in 37 Posts
Nominated TOTW/F/M Award(s): 17
Thanks: 4,551
Thanked 2,471 Times in 1,852 Posts
To me;

Interim service is the 'small' service - fluids & filters changed as recommended, plus a visual check of the brakes & suspension.

Full service is the 'bigger' service - (the above plus) brake fluid & coolant changes, plugs etc.

I do my own servicing on the van & the bike (plus the classics), as they are much simpler to work on - plenty of space/access and they don't require a laptop to re-set everything.


This job should never be complete - the day I think I've done it all, is the day I resign.

S.M.A.R.T. Technician
Currently in VelSatisfied's garage:
2005 FIAT Ducato 2.8JTD LWB Gran Volume, 2000 Kawasaki ZZR 1100 D7 'fullpower' in black + full GIVI & KAPPA luggage, 2007 MB R-Class 320 CDi Sport LWB uprated by Brabus to 300Bhp don't know if there's a 155mph limiter - will be fun finding out! 2004 Mercedes Vaneo 1.7 CDi Ambiente 7-seater
VelSatisfied is offline  
post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 18th August 2009
Platinum member
Mikey's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 1,184
Nominated 0 Times in 1 Post
Nominated TOTW/F/M Award(s): 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
For a 99 service I would expect, Oil + filter. Air filter and a top up of fluids if it needed it.
That's all we did when I worked in a well known Alpha & Fiat dealer in Cardiff. For that price you also got a 'free' MOT chucked in but when I was working there we were never told to check the car over. I guess that's where the MOT came in! Oh yea the car got cleaned inside & out too

That would be a basic service.

A full service would be the above (minus the MOT) plus pollen filter, fuel filter, spark plugs and replace wipers. Plus lubing of hinges and stuff. The car was also looked over fully, inspection of things like brakes and suspension, like an MOT but more indepth (remember the MOT is based on minimum standards, so a service check was to be above this standard) and then we would advise if futher work was needed. Also electrical systems were checked. Things like brakes pads/shoes, discs, tyres ect were not changed until the customer was advised and then charged extra for the parts. If bulbs and small sundry items needed doing we would change them anyway but always bill for additional parts on top.

Can't remember how much this service cost, it was quite some time ago now since I've worked in a garage about 10 years or so but it wasn't cheap!

A major service would be a full service plus coolant flush and change, brake fluid change. I'm sure there were other things involved but I can't quite remember now
I do remember the mechanics being told to advise on a cambelt and aux belts if the milage wasn't too far off, more money for the garage

As I was very young at the time I had the job of the basic services and also a helping hand for the MOT tester. Was good fun while I was there. Especialy sitting in all the lovely Alfa's They even let me drive some around the lot! Good times

I do my own servicing too, always have. So I have pretty much no idea how much serices cost and what you get for that cost these days. I've read some horror stories on here, especialy when it comes to pollen filters for some reason?

Understeer is when you hit the wall with the front of the car.
Oversteer is when you hit the wall with the rear of the car.
Horsepower is how fast you hit the wall.
Torque is how far you take the wall with you.

PSN: MEW1980
Currently in Mikey's garage:
1996 Mazda MX-3 V6, a 2002 1.2 8v Fiat Punto active (the Wife's!) and a 1998 Suzuki GN 125. Used to own a 2002 Laguna II Dynamique 1.8 16V (Now Sold yey!)

Last edited by Mikey; 18th August 2009 at 10:42 AM.
Mikey is offline  
post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 18th August 2009
Technical Supremo

Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 42,940
Nominated 16 Times in 67 Posts
Nominated TOTW/F/M Award(s): 28
Thanks: 372
Thanked 5,201 Times in 4,712 Posts
A local SEAT dealer to me has the usual banner strung across the fence of their premises. "Service from 99"

I spoke to one of their mechanics (he parks his car out side my house some days) and asked what did you get for yor money. Oil , oil filter and air filter plus top up under bonnet levels and look over he replied. Considering the garage charge 75 + VAT per hour labour you ain't gonna get much more than 45 minutes worth of work done at best he cringed and they make us cut every corner possible.
In over 40 years of working in or around the motor trade and seen many of the moves involved personally I have never seen what I think is a decent written service schedule yet - including those by manufacturers. When ever I see a car for sale saying it has a full dealer srvice history I always treat it with a large pinch of salt.
So I have created my own service check list and whilst not exhaustive it is at least the minimum I would carry out myself.

See attached pdf file - although titled !8,000 mile service it may be a good basis to start from,
Attached Files
File Type: pdf 18, 000 mile service..pdf (25.5 KB, 20 views)
Currently in madnoel10's garage:
Honda Civic 1.4l
madnoel10 is offline  

ervice , word

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Renault Forums :: Independent Renault forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome