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Old 12 September 2015, 09:54   #11
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BTW, I thought I read you can self service these new Mercs and keep warranty?
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Old 12 September 2015, 10:08   #12
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Yep there are some basic elements of servicing you can do for yourself. They actually have colour coded the different areas with instructions printed on labels within the engine space.


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Yep there are some basic elements of servicing you can do for yourself. They actually have colour coded the different areas with instructions printed on labels within the engine space.


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Is that right?..The problem has always been in keeping any Warranty valid on a New/Newish engine Billy...exclusively main dealer only...with all the electronics... ecu readers ...and diagnostic's...online records ect,ect.
A "20 hr service"would indicate a new engine...that's where they've got you (or most of us!)by Balls Mate
Hard to believe that Merc in the "Land of the free..." Without doubt the most litigious place on earth would pass that one over!
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Is that right?..The problem has always been in keeping any Warranty valid on a New/Newish engine Billy...exclusively main dealer only...with all the electronics... ecu readers ...and diagnostic's...online records ect,ect.
A "20 hr service"would indicate a new engine...that's where they've got you (or most of us!)by Balls Mate
Hard to believe that Merc in the "Land of the free..." Without doubt the most litigious place on earth would pass that one over!
Could be EU rules catching up with what has happened in cars (or a pre-emptive move to stop them being forced to accept a rule change)??

I imagine local dealers will be more flexible on price when you actually buy the engine from them - saving a few hundred on an internet engine is not always the best long term plan.
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You will also get local independent dealers that will as part of the purchase of a new OB offer a percentage of your future service costs. That's what happened to me this year and I must say that plus other aspects of the service received swayed me to do the deal.


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Is that right?..The problem has always been in keeping any Warranty valid on a New/Newish engine Billy...exclusively main dealer only...with all the electronics... ecu readers ...and diagnostic's...online records ect,ect.
True, nothing looks finer than a folder full of main dealer print outs when buying/selling a used boat. A wodge of receipts for parts and verbal promises from the seller doesn't quite cut the mustard.

3 year service intervals anyone?
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Oil costs semed reasonable. It was the 240 +vat labour that stung. Its a bit of a captive market up here. Two service places and one has a poor rep so not a lot of choice. I didn't get a quote up front which perhaps i should. I think they took it out for a spin after the service, so that could be where the time went.

If you can service these yourself and keep the warranty, id buy the tools and diagnostic system. Then would only need go in if it were causing problems. An email to Barrus is due i think.

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Thinking about it, i pay 21 a month for my audi service plan. Assuming the annual service on the merc is similar money, the audi suddenly looks quite good value!

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Ask for a breakdown of what they done, that labour bill needs explained if I was paying it.
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Ive worked for 2 Mercury/Mariner dealers and that is very steep for a 20 hour service, but would expect that for an annual service.

Did you specify a 20 hour or just ask for a service? Have you got a print out of the work done? If you asked specifically for a 20 hour service then you could argue that they have carried out unnecessary work. Barrus set guidelines for the 20 hour service and The annual service.

With regards to warranty you get the 3 year warranty regardless of if its serviced or not. To get the extended warranty it does need to meet the service schedule by a main dealer.
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