Originally Posted by PeixeDeCorrida
Interesting discussion going on, thanks to all for the opinions. In terms of the service I got I must say that the guy was really knowledgeable, clearly an enthusiast and an overall nice guy. I will again stress that at no point have I said that I thought anyone was trying to pull one on me, really just asking for your opinions as experienced Alfisti.
So, on to the work that will need doing at some point:
Spring pan bushes 4 @ 15,5 = £62
Rear dog legs 2 @ 142,61 = £285
Labor - Suspension 4 @ 49,5 = £198
VAT 20% £109
Handbrake cables 2 @ 21,6 = £43,2
Labor - Handbrake 1,25 @ 49,5= £61,9
VAT 20% £21
Centre exhaust box 1 @ 78,7 = £78,7
Labor - exhaust 1 @ 49,5 = £49,5
VAT 20% £26
Auxiliar Belt 1 @ 11 = £11
Tensioner 1 @ 64 = £64
Roller 1 @ 22 = £22
Labor - Aux belt 1 @ 49,5 = £49,5
VAT 20% £29
Front discs 2 @ 38 = £76
Front pads 1 @ 32,5 = £32,5
Labor - Brakes 1,25 @ 49,5= £61,9
VAT 20% £34
Grand Total £1314
I'm thinking of doing the auxiliary belt first as the car does a bit of belt noise when warm after a drive, which annoys me a bit even though it's not that loud.
Regarding the belts, I have an invoice from the previous owner showing both cam belt and counterbalance belt, water pump, sensors (?) and rocker cover gaskets done in July 2011 with the car covering less than 4k miles since. This was done at S&H Motors Poole. Anyone knows this place?
Couple of ideas on the quotes provided.
. Clearly it's being suggested the springpan bushes and dogleg (transverse arms) bushes need replacing. It appears the bushes on the springpans are being replaced with powerflex? and the transverse arms with new? Best thing here is to just replace all the bushes (four on the springpan arms, six in total on the transverse arms). This will be cheaper than the quote of £654 as suggested. If you want to go for something really smart, I know Autolusso provide all these arms freshly powder-coated and fitted with new powerflex bushes for £400 (free delivery). I don't think they'd charge a huge amount for fitting either, but you coukd get them and then get a cheaper specialist such as Duncan at Bristol to fit them. Here's the ad:
Of course you don't need to get these arms, you can get the bushes and get someone else to fit them, and significantly less cost than that quoted. Honestly, £654 is simply too expensive!!!!
2) Handbrake Cables.
The prices they're quoting are the full dealer price (including VAT that's £51.84). Here's some good after market cables made in Italy at half the price:
3) Centre Exhaust Box
. They're charging £94.44 inc VAT for a box. You should be able to get a good second one for £20/30 from a breakers, but if you want new here's one for just under £60:
And it does not take one hour labour to fit a centre box - half an hour max.
4) Auxiliary belt/tensioner/roller etc
. I'm sorry it doesn't cost £176 to do this. This is completely ridiculous! As an example, they charge £76.80 inc VAT for the tensioner, here's a genuine one for half the price:
5) Front brakes/discs.
Again, it shouldn't cost £204 to do this, shop around and you should be able to reduce this to at least £150.
What I'm saying is that you should be able to halve the bill if you get the parts and get a good specialist to fit them. Or, find a specialist who charges more realistic prices for parts