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Old 11 September 2013, 12:39   #1
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How Much??????

Got a staggering quote today....
Windscreen wipers on the X-Trail have been playing up - working when not needed, not working in rain & being totally random. Local garage had a look / play but said it neeed main dealer in case stalk etc had gone.

Booked it in today - £75 for the experience of garage telling me what was obvious - the motor's knackered. Then come the explanation that to replace it would be £241 for the motor and 2 hours labour at £90/hour as "I was a tricky thing to fit" and a random £14 for something to round it up to £425. That £510 for a wiper motor! Oh and the part needs to be ordered as it's a special, not standard part and I'd have to book the car in again .

Took it back to local garage who confirmed they could only get the part through the dealership for £241 but should only take an hour ish of their cheaper labour, still £300+ and the £75 I've had to shell out today.

For a wiper motor!!!!

Has any one experienced a larger repair rip-off?
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Old 11 September 2013, 12:57   #2
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That's outrageous... Robbing sods!

Try this one. Took my Mercedes ML to the local Merc garage to get the tracking done as I'd had a couple of ball joints fitted for it's MOT (passed) with a quote for £75 inc. Has to be laser tracked so not a lot of option locally. On the ramp & "we've found a ball joint with play so we can't track it."
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New ball joint £240 + vat = £288
Labour 4hrs at 76 +vat =£364
Total =£652 + tracking !!!

Local lad did the ball joint for £120 (inc decent joint)
Tracking elsewhere £60

I don't know where they get their prices or customers from !!
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Called BMW to check on price of a Headlight bulb on the X5. It was an Osram D2, was quoted £142. When I picked myself off the floor I was informed that was EACH!!

I commented that just because its called X5 doesn't give them the right to times the price by 5.

Before anybody ask,s no I didn't buy one

www.BoatsandOutboards4Sale.co.uk
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Intercooler rad for Nissan Terrano which is about 25cmx25cm £750.00 + VAT for the Part. Needless to say I left it.
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Intercooler rad for Nissan Terrano which is about 25cmx25cm £750.00 + VAT for the Part. Needless to say I left it.
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& people think owning a boat's expensive...
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LCD display went on the X5 .. stealer said is was the main CCC (main brain) had gone down £1200.00 which houses the DVD NAV etc... personally I was aiming for a replacement display from flea bay for 80 notes as a self fit.

Said to the stealer "come on its only done 20k miles?" came back , BMW will contribute Sir.. unit now £850 will we go ahead ? .. aye I says but keep me posted ... and I said leave me the old unit then .. they call back .. cant do that BMW need it back ... I said so are you fitting a new one or a recon then ? .. oh no sir, only new

1 day later .. cars ready .. theres your bill Sire £185 .. ah I said thats good

Yes sir it was only the display at fault

GRRRRRRRR !! could a done it for 80 notes and no dealer shit
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i get all my motor stuff from ebay now ,saves me £1s lol
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Fit the motor yourself lakelandterrier. These things are relatively straight forward if you're handy with spanners. As with anything electrical and involving mechanical kit make sure to disconnect the battery as a precaution. Fingers and wiper motors don't mix.

I can't even find DIY instructions online. You Nissan guys must love your main dealers too much!

On my car Audi A4 quattro avant I've replaced motors front and rear. I'd say it was generally an easy job. Remove trim (with bonnet open) assuming its near the self draining scuttle under the windcreen. At the base of the wiper arm(s) there should be a plastic cap or cover. Remove to reveal the securing nut. Remove nut with ratchet and socket (usually 14mm). Lift the wiper arm and rock forwards and backwards while pulling. If this doesn't release it you may need to use a puller. With the wiper arms off you should be able to see the wiper motor. Disconnect the wiring to it (normally plug connection). The wiper motor will usually be secured on rubber bushes, say 2-3. Undo the nuts. Now the fun begins. They can be awkward to remove, but accessing right angle and it can be taken out. Installation is straight-forward. Remember to grease splined stem prior to putting wiper arms on. Torque bolts, reconnect power supply, etc.

Regards the motor, you can buy new, but you can also source second hand from a breaker yard. Double check serial number of the existing part and the age of the car it came from as some of these breakers are pikey beggars and are a law unto themselves.
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Intercooler rad for Nissan Terrano which is about 25cmx25cm £750.00 + VAT for the Part. Needless to say I left it.
You should have bought a Land Rover .........
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You should have bought a Land Rover .........
It's still running though
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You should have bought a Land Rover .........
Ha nice one took the Defener in for tracking silly terwats tried to tell me they had done a 4 wheel alinement
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Ha nice one took the Defener in for tracking silly terwats tried to tell me they had done a 4 wheel alinement
Was it twice the price
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Was it twice the price
Duno didn't pay solid front and rear axle no adjustment on the rear at all
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Fit the motor yourself lakelandterrier. These things are relatively straight forward if you're handy with spanners.
I love the sentiment Sparticus....but
1) I have no mechanical ability - whenever I try I always end up stripping threads / burring / shearing stuff making it worse
2) It's not the simple act of bolting the thing on, it's dismantling the bits around it to get to it in a way where they all go back in the same place in the same order without breaking anything.
3) I need the car for work so can't afford to have it off the road for any length of time.
4) it assumes I can easily find a similar X-Trail in a local breakers yard.
Doing all these things might be more expensive in time & money.

It does make me wonder however if my local garage could source a recon / 2nd hand part.......I'll have a chat in the morning and a nose round the scrap yard - maybe I can procure the part fro the friendly spanner jockeys Thanks for the thought
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There are loads of sites on google if you punch in the part you need some breakers yards might have the bit you need. Worth a punt but they all know the value of bit but you could save a few quid.
Bloke at work was quoted £3000 for a back axle on his Xtrail but sourced one for £600 and got it fitted for £300 !
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