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Hi everyone

I can see a couple of older threads about Edinburgh FIAT specialists and note that Harrison Motors in Jane Street has been mentioned a few times. Does anyone have any recent experience of this garage, would you still recommend it, and does anyone have any other recommendations? The car is a Panda 2010.

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Hi everyone

I can see a couple of older threads about Edinburgh FIAT specialists and note that Harrison Motors in Jane Street has been mentioned a few times. Does anyone have any recent experience of this garage, would you still recommend it, and does anyone have any other recommendations? The car is a Panda 2010.

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Hi,
not too many regulars from that area @hennabm

but maybe look on FiatScotland too
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Thanks - that's a good idea
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Re: Edinburgh Fiat

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Hi everyone

I can see a couple of older threads about Edinburgh FIAT specialists and note that Harrison Motors in Jane Street has been mentioned a few times. Does anyone have any recent experience of this garage, would you still recommend it, and does anyone have any other recommendations? The car is a Panda 2010.

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Just having a wander around the forum as I'm waiting for Mrs Jock to get ready - We've got grandchildren today! Anyway, this thread popped up!

I posted, within the last couple of days, about the changes at my local MOT provider and how I'd decided to seek pastures new. Harrison's, in Leith, is the establishment I've decided to try! I've been in a few times asking about things I wanted to know about Becky, our newly acquired (spring this year) 2010 1.2 Panda dynamic eco. I got good vibes about this small family business who specialise in Fiat's. They are situated in a trading estate so, although very busy, you can still get stopped quite easily without worrying too much about yellow lines. Lots of Fiat's in evidence but also other cars being worked on - which doesn't surprise me as most small garages need to take what they can get to survive. Mostly I talked with Kenny Harrison, the owner, who has been very pleasant and helpful, but I've also had contact with two others - one I think might be his son? And the other his senior mechanic - they were all very pleasant and seemed to know exactly what they were talking about.

I'll post again when they've done Becky's MOT just to let you know how the experience went but that won't be 'till into the new year. In the meantime I am feeling very positive about using them.
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Just noticed how many views this has attracted and I'm wondering if any of you have had any contact with this garage? I'm still feeling good about them but haven't yet had a car tested by them. Any comment, anyone?
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For the last couple of weeks I've been slightly unhappy with Becky's clutch (2010 Panda Dynamic Eco - as mentioned above) The slave cylinder "creaks" loudly - and has done for some time - when cold and then again after about half an hour or so, when properly hot. Otherwise it had been working as it should so I had intended to leave it until it either leaked or the weather gets warmer. However there is now a noise when the clutch is just at the "bite point". A gentle wee squeally screech. I first heard it about 2 to 3 weeks ago when it was very slight but it's getting more pronounced (even Mrs Jock can now hear it). My guess is the rivet heads are just "kissing" the pressure plate/flywheel face? Generally I have found in the past that the pressure plate side of a driven plate wears, very slightly, more than the flywheel side so, if it is the rivet heads, maybe I'll get away with a simple clutch kit. Anyway, time to do something about it before any damage is inflicted.

My older boy was over with his Punto the other day so I could renew a worn track rod end which had been knocking away for a few days. The swop over went very smoothly but, for some strange reason, it took me almost an hour to get the wheel alignment (toe) set up afterwards using my "home made" gauge. The weather was sunny and bright, thank goodness, but bitterly cold. By the time I was finished I had no feeling in my fingers and I felt almost unwell! This experience, and the comprehensive "telling off" I got from Mrs Jock, has made me realise that, at 72 years I'm not the man I used to be! So I've decided to let Kenny and his "merry men" at Harrison Motors put a clutch and slave cylinder on the "old girl" I was delighted when he quoted me 290 (approx) so I think there's VAT to go on that and I'm unsure if it includes the price of the slave either, but that sounds a good price to me.

This is the first job (and I suspect as I age, it won't be the last) I've "handed off" on any of the "family fleet" in many years. It's making me feel sad, frail, maybe slightly impotent? and generally old with a lingering feeling of failure and of having let down a friend. On the plus side I can sit in the warm and watch some more old movies on the "Talking Pictures" TV channel!

I'd been promising to give feed back to you on this garage after Becky's MOT which is some time in March, I think? Now I'll be able to do so much sooner as the job's getting done on Monday.
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Ok everyone, this is the big moment. I've just walked down to Harrison Motors (in the rain) and driven Becky home. Kenny and his merry men seem to have done a good job. Complete 3 piece clutch kit fitted and slave cylinder. Everything working as expected although the pedal is a little soft and very slightly spongy. This may well be due to the "newness" so I'll let it bed down for a couple of days and then give it another bleed if necessary. All the squealy, sqeaky, creaky noises have gone!! He did a couple of other wee jobs too so the bill needs a wee bit of "interpretation" to ascertain the cost of the clutch job alone but I can be pretty certain it would have broken down to 85 for the Valeo 3 piece kit and 157.50 for the labour. The dreaded VAT needs to be added to that which would bring it to bit under the 300 - I think that's acceptable. Of course I could have saved a shed load of money doing it myself, and I would have if it had been summertime (in fact that was the plan, but was thwarted by it beginning to fail earlier than I had allowed for!) Still, look on the bright side, at least I've probably avoided pneumonia!

In terms of a garage recommendation? I would say "thumbs up" all the way. Kenny himself and the members of his staff I've talked with (some at length) have been very pleasant and knowledgeable. The job was completed as promised and to the budget quoted. I'm very pleased with the outcome.

Shortly after buying Becky I ordered the correct Tutela gearbox oil from Shop4parts when I was getting some other parts (so I could make up a big enough order to avoid the shipping charge) as I thought, at 60,000 miles the oil would be getting a bit tired. Kenny changed the existing oil for this after doing the clutch job and I noticed that the very, very slight gear whine which could be heard, possibly more in 3rd than any other gear, has totally disappeared - a nice wee bonus for me! (Mrs Jock, of course, said "what whine?)

So, if you're in the north Edinburgh/Leith area and looking for a good wee garage, could be worth trying Harrisons. I'm feeling entirely happy now about submitting "family fleet" vehicles to him for MOT's from now on.
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