Hi again, freddybabe
Thanks for the kind advices
Yes, indeed. Renault and I have come a long way - almost 45 years
Sometimes I cursed, sometimes I wanted to put a match to the bastids and often I had skinned knuckles
I'll check the good book about service items. Thanks.
I'm not too sure about higher UK prices as the locals know how to charge.
From last week's Tax Invoice:
Sparkplugs @ ZAR30,75ea .......ZAR123,00
Air Filter 109,82
Sump washer 11,58
Wiper blades (3)@ ZAR 164,99ea 494,97
Plug threaded? 54,91
Plug threaded? 32,95
Pollen filter 219,99
Front & Rear brake pads 560,98
Kit distributi?? (Part7701476674) 878,56
Total comes to ZAR2'612, add 14% VAT = ZAR2'977,70 which is approx UKP200.-
The complete job with parts and labour and VAT thereon came to ZAR7'713,78 which is +- 514UKP
The place were the job was done is Renault's main service centre here in Cape Town, so I guess genuine parts were fitted. The wiperblade boxes at least, have Renault part numbers.
My other Renault (the vintage '86 TXE Hatchback) was collected this morning for repairs to its starter, silencer and front and rear brakes, so I'm in for another whack.
I spent a lot of money and my own labour on this oldtimer over the years and hardly if ever, use it - maybe once a year. Just can't bring myself to sell it.
Some years ago I changed the colour from gold to blue metallic. I changed the interior from brown to charcoal and black, fitted Renault factory mags and Monroe air shocks, changed the carpet and rooflining to charcoal and finally - meticulously re-built the motor although it didn't need a rebuild. I just did it for the hell of it