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Surprised - specialist Jag mechanic.

on Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:48 pm
Due an annual service this month - asked Alan my Jag specialist today to check front and rear accessory belts and pulleys (change at 106000 miles) mine is at 66000.

Surprised - Alan and I - that spark plugs are changed at 70000 miles only - I left it to him to decide - it is a bugger of a job taking off the battery, manifold, various connections to get to the rear  bank  of plugs.

Trusting a specialist is comforting - he looked at my mileage since the last service  -  "As we use only top quality oil and filters you do not need these changed at that mileage"...imagine the main dealer telling me this???

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Re: Surprised - specialist Jag mechanic.

on Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:42 pm
I contacted Shirlaws bikes, Aberdeen. I asked a few questions, then got a quick reply with answers.

Also, asked price of indicator unit & three sets of pads (twin discs at front) so was told that since my order was over a certain amount, the postage is free AND he knocked about 15 quid off the total.

The parts should be here by Thursday at the latest.

Excellent service and when I called to pay with my card, I asked about my ABS and was given excellent advice which turned out to be spot on Wink

I shall mostly be buying from them again Cool
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Re: Surprised - specialist Jag mechanic.

on Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:29 pm


Good stories. Not sure if I've lost an arm or a leg when I go to the garage here. To be fair I have a cheaper place right where I work. Even though it's not cheap compared to going to Germany, it's like no bother to take the car there and go to work while they have it all day. It's a happy day... :-)


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Re: Surprised - specialist Jag mechanic.

on Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:15 pm
Just found an invoice showing that main dealer DID fit new plugs at 40015 miles as it was the '70000' miles / 7 year service.

Looks like a quick service tomorrow morning - MOT stated slight corrosion on brake pipes - rub with emery paper and cover with grease was his advice...

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Re: Surprised - specialist Jag mechanic.

on Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:14 pm
vanfancooler wrote:Just found an invoice showing that main dealer DID fit new plugs at 40015 miles as it was the '70000' miles / 7 year service.

Looks like a quick service tomorrow morning - MOT stated slight corrosion on brake pipes - rub with emery paper and cover with grease  was his advice...

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What you and your Jag mechanic do in your own time is your business, but what about the brake pipes?!!
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Re: Surprised - specialist Jag mechanic.

on Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:49 pm


I think the mechanic is talking about something else here. Not been getting up enough, so it's getting rusty..

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Re: Surprised - specialist Jag mechanic.

on Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:25 pm
Hugh,

He fixed the brake pipes...did a full service inspection...AND..when I went to pick up the car he had 6 very manky looking plugs lined up...he doubts if these were changed at the 70000 miles/7 year service by the main dealer...plugs all in a row for my inspection.

Now, there IS something to be said for having the book stamped by the main dealer, as I have for the first 15 services, but I suspect that the main dealers mechanic 'ticked the boxes' and did not actually bother to change the plugs at 40000 miles as they would have looked OK.

Discussed putting a wee bit more underseal on the suspension - checked the front and rear accesory belts - no problems there - put some dressing on the black plastic bit under the rear bumper - cosmetic...said to bring a jar and he will give me some...(no comment invited!).

Offered to collect the car and deliver it after the service  at no charge - Mary took me in the Matiz.

All this for less than £200 - the plug change on the V6 front and rear banks is a bast**d of a  job - I expected to pay more for this alone.

Car felt great on the way home  - maybe driving the Matiz made all the difference?

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Re: Surprised - specialist Jag mechanic.

on Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:38 pm
That's very good. I'm booked into my local specialist again - still trying to sort the rattling rear end. Looking like rear shock at the moment.

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Re: Surprised - specialist Jag mechanic.

on Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:43 pm
Looking like rear shock at the moment.

You don't live anywhere near Spot perchance?

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Re: Surprised - specialist Jag mechanic.

on Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:25 am


VFC I didn't change the spark plug in the Agila ever nor any of the suspension parts. The perfect car. Razz

The Subaru got it's tire pressure safety stuff and winters are now back on it. Ready to chew snow...






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Re: Surprised - specialist Jag mechanic.

on Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:30 am
Mogs wrote:

VFC I didn't change the spark plug in the Agila ever nor any of the suspension parts. The perfect car. Razz

The Subaru got it's tire pressure safety stuff and winters are now back on it. Ready to chew snow...







Don't eat yellow snow!
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Re: Surprised - specialist Jag mechanic.

on Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:01 pm
vanfancooler wrote: Looking like rear shock at the moment.

You don't live anywhere near Spot perchance?

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No! Not so much of a shock. "is it in yet?" is the question he hears most! Ask Mrs LK..


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Re: Surprised - specialist Jag mechanic.

on Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:03 pm
How very dare you Very Happy
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Re: Surprised - specialist Jag mechanic.

on Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:36 am
LKsOK wrote:How very dare you Very Happy


Sorry, old boy! that should have read Lk, and not LK's Mrs.....

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Re: Surprised - specialist Jag mechanic.

on Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:54 pm
Sorry, old boy! that should have read Lk, and not LK's Mrs.....

The small 'k' does not in any way allude to the size of LK's knob we trust.......................?

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Re: Surprised - specialist Jag mechanic.

on Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:12 pm
Oi oi - even Grandad is getting lairy now
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