Main dealer costing advice

foobar Feb 12, 2018

  1. foobar

    foobar Active Member Supporter I am in uk

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    Hi,

    My 100 is in for the airbag recall. While it's there they've done a "safety inspection". They've identified some issues, but I can't quite get my head around some of the numbers.

    AC clutch and compressor, slightly under £2000 including 4 hours labour.
    Exhaust centre section, £600.
    Front CV joints are apparently leaking, just over £650.
    Passenger side indicator has condensation inside. £75!

    They've also told me my fan belt is entirely missing, however it's never overheated, and was only at Toyota in May where they didn't mention anything. Wouldn't it overheat if there was no fan belt?

    Any advice on those figures please?
     
  2. Shayne

    Shayne Well-Known Member Guru

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    They did the same when my daughter in law took her 2001 50k on the clock Corolla in just to have the aircon refilled , even told her it was unsafe to drive . When i walked in covered in oil and said give me the keys they didn't even want to discuss the matter .

    Ask them if they know of a real garage nearby and drive away .
     
  3. Rosy

    Rosy Member I am in uk

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    are you sure that's all you "said" Shayne :angry-boxing:
     
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  4. Shayne

    Shayne Well-Known Member Guru

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    There was no need to say any more Rosy it was a blatant rip off , they aimed to charge for fixing things that weren't broken , they knew that i knew it so their perfectly legal scam was shot down , a day in the life of - they just move on to the next victim .
     
  5. foobar

    foobar Active Member Supporter I am in uk

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    I've spoken to the Japanese-specialist independent I've been using for the past 15 or so years, apparently they get this a lot so they're going to take a look.

    How can an exhaust centre section be £600?!
     
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  6. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    I know they aren't cheap for the 80 but I bought one soon after I got mine 14 years ago as the fore and aft sections were gone and I've still got it, brand new in my loft never fitted!! They last!!
     
  7. Chas

    Chas Well-Known Member I am in england

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    It's the way that he says it Rosy. :icon-wink:
     
  8. David

    David Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Not at Toyota dealer but someone I know was told his car needed a Aircon service and recharge, but it did not even have Aircon
     
  9. chapel gate

    chapel gate Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    The main dealer isnt even a guarantee of quality work neither. Iv read and heard enough horror stories..
     
  10. clivehorridge

    clivehorridge Well-Known Member Guru I am in romania

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    I had a full OEM exhaust fitted on my 80 once, 500 quid fitted, lasted 7 years, best keep yours in the loft Rich :lol:

    Theivin’ barstewards, they should be shut down. Someone’s falling for that....
     
  11. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    The ends go before the middle section. I think I've done mine twice but might consider a stainless one when needed.
     
  12. Hutton

    Hutton Member I am in scotland

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    Not being a 100 series owner for long I’d like to hear a bit more about the airbag recall. What was it all about and what years did it affect? Thanks.
     
  13. nick_the_fish

    nick_the_fish Well-Known Member I am in great_britain

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    I've taken my 105 to main dealerships in other countries (Syria/ Sudan/ Kenya) and had exceptional service with genuine Toyota parts for a very reasonable amount of money. It really goes to show just how much of a mark up they put on parts in this country.

    If you can find a really good independant garage they are worth their weight in gold. Where about in the country are you. Might be worth mentioning it and se if anyone can give you a recommendation.
     
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  14. flint

    flint Well-Known Member Supporter I am in great_britain

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    Yes, I think a lot of dealerships here are just set up as a cash cow rather than a service. My learning curve was when I bought a new MB truck in the 70s. It conked out a week after delivery (unfortunately blocking the North Circular). Failed injection pump. They towed it in (managing to bend the bumper), fixed it slowly (new pump) and then sent out a bill not only for the tow, but also a fair old bit for “clutch adjustment” which I thought a bit odd as it was nothing to do with the pump. They hassled like hell, lots of letters etc. for payment, but then went quiet just before it got to court after I threatened to put in a counter claim for loss of earnings. Apart from parts, I’ve tried to avoid main dealers since. Though there are perhaps some decent ones out there.
     
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  15. frank rabbets

    frank rabbets Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps they mean A/C belt missing as it's been removed due to seized pump?

    My friends wife took her BMW in to the dealer for a service and they told her that the front pads were 2mm or so thick and needed changing. So my friend went in to check with his measuring calipers. Hardly any wear in reality.

    I get terrible service at VW Stourbridge. I just walk straight in to the managers office unannounced now and sit down. He really lost his temper one day. Wish I had a video. Trouble is he knows nothing about cars and calls his techs in and they lie to him. They've picked the wrong enemy with me.

    That's better.
     
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  16. foobar

    foobar Active Member Supporter I am in uk

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    You're almost psychic - there is no belt, but the pump hasn't seized, there's nothing wrong with the AC at all, except for the fact there's no belt.

    Apparently the mechanic can't tell the difference between a fan belt and the belt that drives the AC compressor ... really inspires confidence doesn't it.
     
  17. foobar

    foobar Active Member Supporter I am in uk

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    I've already got one, I only took it to a main dealer because of the airbag recall. They said they'd do this safety inspection and came back with a bunch of "faults", which apparently don't seem to be worth the paper they're written on.

    My independent is aware and I'll be booking it in for them to take a look :)
     
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  18. foobar

    foobar Active Member Supporter I am in uk

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    I got a letter in the post. apparently the curtain airbag can deploy when it shouldn't. There's a recall checker here,

    https://www.toyota.co.uk/owners/vehicle-information/recall-checker.json
     
  19. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    Are you certain as the clutch part at the front needs to be turned to rotate the compressor? Turning the pulley only turns the pulley unless the magnetic clutch is pulled in.
     
  20. foobar

    foobar Active Member Supporter I am in uk

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    Absolutely no idea, going to let my independent have a look because the Toyota quote is £1900.
     
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