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I understand the thought, getting dealer stamps given it's condition and using garage you trust.

But no one at that dealer probably have ever looked at a V6 cambelt, Serek would have done countless and will easily get it spot on. You are paying for someone to read TIS on a computer and do it for the first time I bet!

Take it to the dealer for a stamp and an oil change, but get serious work done by someone who knows these inside out.  :y

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Poly fronts are about 70 a pair now and will last the cars life.I was sceptical when mine were fitted as thought it would be to severe but they work well and take the car where you point it .

Backs are around 20 but will either require some engineering with studding to remove and refit or a big press and a few quid in the garages coffee pot.

After fitting alignment is essential and should cost around 60/70...place near MacDonalds off A2070 do it think they are called Tyre Pro or similar.

Doing it yourself then ?

Thanks. :y

 Not sure yet but, yes it is Protyre previouly Tyreweb, have quoted 180 but cannot supply poly bushes. The Vx dealer has quoted 231, with TC, with genuine parts.

But, if others confirm that it is straight forward to do the front bushes then I might go down that route. The question is do I want to be crawling around on the floor, when I could just let the professionals take the strain. :D ;)
It's only an advisory note, presumably on an MOT pass certificate. If it drives all right I should leave it until next year. A lot can happen to a 16 year old car in a year.
My Rover Streetwise has had advisories on drive shaft gaiters for the last three years, but it keeps passing MOTs. Some examiners feel obliged to pick a fault on every 16 year old car, lest people think they are not trying.

Good advice Terry, thanks, but I believe in doing things today.

If I can I'd rather not leave it to that next MOT day and feel the shock of them failing the Omega with a huge estimate of what it will cost to put right.  I am a pro-active manager by training and that way I can plan and control what happens when, where and how. Decisions are not rushed but considered, with finance in place.

As for the bushes Terry, I have looked at them myself now and they do look very deteriorated and likely to require replacement with the next MOT.  Therefore they will need doing at some time, next year or the year after, so I would sooner fix all now with the major schedule of works I have planned.

To make some gulp on here, and to prove that I am mad, the overall cost as I stated previously will be 1,800 for the wishbones, cam belt, all belts, water pump and a major service.  But that comprises of 1,200 for parts (not what I said before) with TC, and 600 for labour with full discounts that I managed to get the dealer to agree to.  A lot of money yes, but I have given my reasons to justify that  previously.

Thanks again Terry for your advice  :-* :y


 :o :o :o :o

You could get all those parts for a 1/4 of that price, all decent brands as well.

I bet Serek would charge you a 3rd of the labour as well.

He would do a far better job, especially on cam belt timing and wishbones.

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General Car Chat / Re: Eratic Idle on my 2.2 2002 Omega.
« on: Yesterday at 16:46:37 »
Yup, that's first action, throttle body cleaning is dead easy on 2.2  :y

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General Car Chat / Re: A Day At The Auctions
« on: Yesterday at 12:55:14 »
FWIW, WBAC offered me 17k on the Skoda.

It failed to sell at 18.5k, privately, earlier this year.

That doesn't seem like an awful deal, really.. they just aren't interested in cars only fit for the crusher ;)

Evans Halshaw matched WBAC for my VW when I traded it, as you say they just don't do bargin bangers.
That's exactly what happened with the captur. I told EH what WBAC  had offered, he went away and, when he came back, said ok, we'll match it.

Given the very low prices WBAC offer, shouldn't you have wanted more for a P/X rather than just letting them match it?  :-\

From my experience WBAC offered a quite reasonable price, not far off retail. Maybe could have squeezed 500 more on trader, but given the hassle, not really worth it.

I actually used we buy any bike to sell my old BMW GS, not that they are linked. They offered near retail for it, mind you, the chap did read the wrong number on the sheet apparently and transferred me more than original email offer.  :D

Which of course you returned. :)

Errrrr.  ::)  :)

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General Car Chat / Re: A Day At The Auctions
« on: Yesterday at 11:57:26 »
FWIW, WBAC offered me 17k on the Skoda.

It failed to sell at 18.5k, privately, earlier this year.

That doesn't seem like an awful deal, really.. they just aren't interested in cars only fit for the crusher ;)

Evans Halshaw matched WBAC for my VW when I traded it, as you say they just don't do bargin bangers.
That's exactly what happened with the captur. I told EH what WBAC  had offered, he went away and, when he came back, said ok, we'll match it.

Given the very low prices WBAC offer, shouldn't you have wanted more for a P/X rather than just letting them match it?  :-\

From my experience WBAC offered a quite reasonable price, not far off retail. Maybe could have squeezed 500 more on trader, but given the hassle, not really worth it.

I actually used we buy any bike to sell my old BMW GS, not that they are linked. They offered near retail for it, mind you, the chap did read the wrong number on the sheet apparently and transferred me more than original email offer.  :D

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General Car Chat / Re: A Day At The Auctions
« on: Yesterday at 11:01:33 »
FWIW, WBAC offered me 17k on the Skoda.

It failed to sell at 18.5k, privately, earlier this year.

That doesn't seem like an awful deal, really.. they just aren't interested in cars only fit for the crusher ;)

Evans Halshaw matched WBAC for my VW when I traded it, as you say they just don't do bargin bangers.

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the garage man did a test and the water went blue  :(
I wish it was ..... fine that is!

What about a compression test? That's only sure way to test, these sniffer/coolant tests are not reliable.

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Omega General Help / Re: Front wishbone bush replacement
« on: 17 September 2018, 16:24:52 »
How can you apply trade club discount, if they are doing the work in house?  :-\

Also, for the cost you must be shelling out for that, I would suggest you take it to SOS Automotive and let Serek do the work.

Given Vauxhall dealers have never seen a V6 Omega for years, they won't have a clue when it comes to changing the cam belt. They will be pouring over the books to read up on how it's done, I'd give serious thought to cancelling that and take it to Serek.

You are paying a huge premium for a poor job.

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just want to say thanks chaps!
as I feared - head gasket gone and failed MOT dismally
going to scrap it
Thanks again :)

None of what you described indicates head gasket, I bet it's fine.  :)

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General Car Chat / Re: A Day At The Auctions
« on: 17 September 2018, 16:01:36 »
They don't appear to be great value these auctions, at least outside the banger budgets.

I remember talking to that dodgy car dealer of Oxford, about BCA auctions. At the time I was on the hunt for my VW CC, having zero'd in one spec/budget I wanted.

I bought mine from CarGiant in the end, the price I paid for age, spec, miles, condition was lower than he had seen identical age/spec's go through BCA that week.  :-\

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General Car Chat / Re: Modern DSG gearboxes
« on: 17 September 2018, 09:45:44 »
I would look for regular oil changes, I think it's every 40k?

So 3 years old would hope it's had at least 1 oil change on the gearbox.

As you know I have full VCDS/VAGCOM, so if you see any down here and they will let you do a diag, happy to do a code read.  :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Singapore F1 may contain spoilers
« on: 16 September 2018, 18:13:16 »
They seem to be in disarray and Vettel seems to know that its almost over bar the shouting. Im getting the impression more and more that Vettel and Ferrari are falling out of love with each other.

I read/heard that Vettel wanted Ferrari to resign the ice man, much like Hamilton wanted Bottas to stay. Easy team mate.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Singapore F1 may contain spoilers
« on: 15 September 2018, 21:01:38 »
I have been thinking a bit more about Ferrari moving Leclerc up to partner Vettel after this season. Could this be a sign that in their eyes Vettel hasn't really lived up to expectations. So rather than keep Kimi to do a good job of supporting him next year, they are bringing in the  young new guy, to be the future of the team, sooner than might have been planned if Vettel was winning Championships as he was expected to ?
Not sure of the answer yet, but Im sure Hamilton could name his price to drive for them.

Said same in other thread, I think big wigs in red, are not confident in Ze German.

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 15 September 2018, 15:48:23 »
Washed and hoovered both 3.2 and the Zaf, general check over. Spotted a few chips in Zaf's windscreen.

Checked all the fluids.

All good for now.

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General Car Chat / Re: Jacking an Omega
« on: 15 September 2018, 15:46:34 »
Yup, tight but doable. That's how I do my 3.2, also, have you taken your sill covers off recently?  :)

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