Booked my C5 in for a service today. The service was due at 90K but it has
run on to 95K now. The chap said that an intermediate service would be fine
at the moment but I was concerned about getting the timing belt changed as
there is a knocking noise from behind the front offside wheel at tickover,
which I suspect is one of the pulleys on its way out. £180 for the service
and £320 for the timing belt kit. I then enquired about having the clutch
replaced as it is near the top end of its travel and I also tow a caravan
several times during the year. I understand the clutches are a wee bit
fragile on C5's and there is no history in the service manual of it ever
being replaced. £480 the man says. Bloody 'ell is it gold plated? £980 to
keep my car in a reasonable (I hope) mechanical condition? Thats 25% value
of the car!!!
Am I being ripped off or should I ditch it?
Smudge Smith ( email@example.com) gurgled happily,
sounding much like they were saying :
That's the exception to the clutch-change rule, though. Piece of piss to
change a clutch on those.
Damn near *everything* else (including Vectras and later Cavaliers) a
clutch change involves removing the gearbox at a minimum - and, on some
(notably Mondeos) involves removing the entire front subframe, with special
tools and precise adjustment required to refit...
>with special tools and precise adjustment required to refit...
They must be the 'special tools' that Haynes say that you don't need...until
you are in the middle of stripping something and Mr Haynes says that
'actually you could do with this special tool etc...or you can even make one
yourself...but no notes/measurments on how to accomplish such a feat.
Looks like the days of home mechanicking are long gone...and I always wanted
to be a quantum mechanic too!
1. Fix the car and pay through the nose and drive it for another 90K
2. Lose value by selling a car loaded with problems
3. Trade it in on a used car and inherit the previous owner's problems
4. Buy a new car and lose a bundle on depreciation the moment the car leaves
the dealer's lot
5. Buy a new car and have payments for 6 years
6. Get another estimate from another mechanic.
It would seem that for a profession where you live; it is far more
ulcerative to be an auto mechanic than a doctor. Although I am fortunate in
that my mechanic has a day job and repairs CXs as a hobby. He drives an 88
CX Prestige as his daily driver instead of a BMW.
You don't say which engine, but I have just bought a cam belt kit for an HDI
engine for £50.
If it is an HDI, then the noise could well be the aux belt crankshaft
pulley. They have a knack of falling to bits. Got one of those for £50 too
from euro car parts. The clutches fitted normally last much more than 90k.
But that depends on the driver as much as anything else.
Final bill cost me £1280 cos it needed a new water pump and the pully on the
crank/auxilliary belt was shot!
This is a 4 year old car that has been dealer serviced (supposedly) at
recommended intervals for the life of the car.
Now, my last car (306 XSi) never seen a dealer from the day I bought it. I
changed the plugs, oils and filters myself, bought from halfords and I don't
think that I spent as much as the above in the 10 years I owned it.
I knew I should have walked away when my Mrs decided it was "a nice colour."
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