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Hi,

I am doing a mini poll, how much should I expect to pay for servicing the car (say 4 year/60,000 miles)?

I have to say that I find the pricing methodology of garages to be a bit frustrating to say the least!
 

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Depends if its the big service with the belt change and all or just the general intermediate one I'd say (Not sure what that number of miles equates to?)
 

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I just used a local MG specialist for some repairs.

They have a website with a price list - they say £310 plus VAT with cam belt

http://www.entune2000.co.uk/Entune2 MG Services.php
So that is roughly £400... prices in the south are more like £550+

I find labour rates difficult to swallow... I guess I have to get used to it. £60 to £100 + VAT per hour, not even City bankers bill that much. A man day works out to be £500 at best, huh??
 

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I would agree with Copperknob he is the best in the game.
You will be buying peace of mind too.

If, even including traveling, it works out the same as a local garage I would go with MG Rover Solutions.
 

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I seem to recall my last one was 400-450ish inc the VAT.


I agree with the above, for me above the cost the important thing is to know that the job has been done right and is carried out by people familiar with the cars 'foibles' be it one of the MG specialists about the country or one of the mobiles

Not to say that a non specialist couldn't do the job but for me I get more peace of mind that way.
 

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I seem to recall my last one was 400-450ish inc the VAT.


I agree with the above, for me above the cost the important thing is to know that the job has been done right and is carried out by people familiar with the cars 'foibles' be it one of the MG specialists about the country or one of the mobiles

Not to say that a non specialist couldn't do the job but for me I get more peace of mind that way.
I only try to go to specialists for the big jobs. I got burned during the last MOT where the guy on the phone told me the car failed due to one of the shock absorbers being noisy, one of the calipers having seized plus some other minor stuff. I paid £800 (!!) to get everything done and then the MOT certificate had only the absorber as an advisory, nothing about the caliper, and just a couple of nuts and bolts as core items i.e a £100 job was inflated to £800 instead. I am happy to pay for real things but not very happy otherwise. Not to mention that in this case I was planning on changing to Bilsteins anyway however I still ended up paying £200 for the absorber, not knowing any better. Live and learn.

Regarding cambelt etc £300 vs £550 is quite a difference. And all that for changing a £1 worth of a belt. I understand it is skilled work but it amazes me that garages in the south at least charge 1/4 of a decent monthly salary for a 4-5 hours of work of a mechanic who is probably getting paid a poor basic. I am also grumpy about the "time and material" nature of it. When I ask "how much will it cost to change the absorbers" and I am told £300 then I expect to pay £300 to have them changed. I don't care if you can't remove a bolt and it takes 1 hour to drill through it but I am not happy when I have to pick up the car and the quoted final cost is suddenly £500 instead.

At least the car is worth something (2009 model, £6,000 range). I wonder how people cope with the pre 2005 models going for £2,000-£3,000 where they have to pay 20%-30% of the value of the car every time they visit a garage.
 

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When I ask "how much will it cost to change the absorbers" and I am told £300 then I expect to pay £300 to have them changed. I don't care if you can't remove a bolt and it takes 1 hour to drill through it but I am not happy when I have to pick up the car and the quoted final cost is suddenly £500 instead.
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A quote should be the price you pay. If the garage hits snags, tough. Snags should be built into the quoted price. An estimate however is only ever that.
 

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Re Entune. I have used them for years, and I'm very satisfied. They really know what they are doing, and the two main men are great to speak to. They have maintained my TF, and my MGB GT (now sold). Very close to Kearsley Station, which is handy for me.

Prior to Entune, I used Signature (near Preston). Rather expensive, and not much feedback from them. Other than that, they did the job OK.

A friend uses Alwyns in Chorley for his ZT, and I've had one job done there, on my MG6. Very impressed with them, too. Another friendly bunch. They are ex-MG-Rover (Phoenix, Chorley) technicians. Very close to Chorley Station, which is useful.
 

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Still waiting for someone to tell me what the average number of labour hours are normally charged for a major service. I am asking this because I was charged $AUD1865/GBP900 by a shop that services MG's and other British sports cars. That price was for parts + 10 hours labour @ $AUD99/GBP50 per hour. Included in the aforementioned cost was a charge of $AUD500 for a cam belt/water pump kit which I can purchase on the big auction site for $AUD222 including shipping from the UK to Australia.

After looking at the prices that you are paying in the UK, I may need to start looking for another mechanic to service my TF.

Cheers,

Stu
 

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Your location says London? Travel costs would be minimal
Not if you factor in congestion charges and pay & display machines :) It works out at roughly £150 as travel costs/fuel/time spent driving etc. It is cheaper still but there is caveats.
 
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