AO Platinum Member
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: The land that Time forgot
Re: 156 2.5V6 cam pulley failure
Yeah - that dealer is bent.
How can they charge you that much just to look at what's wrong - even at £60 an hour your grand would buy 2 days of mechanic time?
I'd ask them to list what they racked up the bill on - every job has a "recommended time" that even indpendent specialists use. I presume your dude is a pukka dealer?
As for the fault - if you used genooine parts and a genoouine dealer there must be some redress. You'll have to find out what's what and only an independent engineer's assessment is going to give you that.
4000 miles suggests they didn't do the job properly and something let go as a result, OR there was something so knackered in there that they ought to have spotted it. Get your engineer to investigate, then use his report to sue the *******s!
Don't leave your car there so they can fiddle it in the meantie, either. Or if you do, don't tell them an engineer's on his way. I'm convinced they f*cked it up.
If you get lumbered with fixing it with your own money:
At £5k the recon' engine isn't worth it.
You can try repairing yours - which is what your dealer would probably do to come up with the aptly named "re-conned" unit! (you have been mate!) independently. It may be cheaper as you can just buy the bits you need and that MAY be "not many".
Or buy a second hand engine yourself from a wreck (it was running alright when it crashed! but you can give it a quick overhaul while it's out - belts, pulleys!, clutch and so on).
Or sell the car and buy a new one, using as many bits as possible.
I'd go for option 2 as if you ever get round to fixing your original engine (when you can afford it) you have a saleable asset which some other fella will be grateful for.
No bullets for Chaingun..