Van service/mechanical repair survey ?

Discussion in 'Just Talk' started by Gerry Built, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. Gerry Built

    Gerry Built New Member

    Just a quick survey ...

    I had a Merc Sprinter LWB van that developed a fault in that it went into 'get you home mode' losing all power. Tried a couple of independant garages but they did not have the right equipment to hook up to it for fault diagnosis. I thus needed to take it to an Merc Commercial Main Dealer. I paid about £70 for them to put the diagnosis equipment on, and as it did not pin point the fault, another £75 per hour while they diagnosed it trying different things. I was waiting for 3 hours sweating as the clock was ticking away. They did fix it (split turbo pipe) but I had a massive bill - and it was all labour - no parts. A bit excessive I thought.

    Just wondering whether you:
    a) Get your van serviced at a main dealer (and if so why)
    b) Use an independant van specialist (and if so why)
    c) Use the your local car/garage independant (and if so why)


  2. Captain Leaky

    Captain Leaky New Member

    b)yes - do a better job!
    c) no

    BUT my three vans are Toyota Hiaces which are MUCH more reliable than Mercs ;)
  3. Yours truly

    Yours truly New Member

    Do you drive, or even work Leaky?

    I only ask as you are always posting on here ;)
  4. Gerry Built

    Gerry Built New Member

    Thanks for that - keep the answers rolling in everyone ...
  5. Captain Leaky

    Captain Leaky New Member

    I just post in the evenings :)
  6. don reed

    don reed New Member

    I don't bother to service my Bentley, i just buy a new one!

  7. Fact fact.

    Fact fact. New Member

    Bentley? Poor man's BugVey tbh.

    My Astramax is serviced by a bloke from London so I know it's fixed good.
  8. Wanquat

    Wanquat New Member

  9. G Brown

    G Brown New Member

    Mercs. Not as good as they would have you believe, The Sprinter is basically a VW anyway ;)
  10. audievo

    audievo New Member

    a. no, i won't pay £200 for a tin of oil.
    b. no. i won't pay £190 for a tin of oil
    3. yes, local garage, all the bits i pay for are used, prices much more reasonable and he is a mechanic, not a laptop jockey.

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