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Old 16-02-2017   #1
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Recently had my annual service but decided to have an MOT at same time
Main dealer (but not fiat) Im on a service plan (started it out on another make of car so just kept it going for convienience)
got a call that the car needs 700 of urgent work doing
so when i went to pick up checking the list
1 new front brake pads 85-95% worn 70
2 front brake discs scored lipped 25% worn 203
3 cam belt 5 years or 60k miles 286
4 accesory belt worn 85
5 rear drums stripping and cleaning 58

But hey still got a pass with one advisory front pads worn............

now im no mechanic but i can change pads (which i have bought but havent got round to fitting prior to service/MOT but will be done on day off next week) but if discs are scored and lipped but only 25% worn do they warrant changing? I appreciate brakes are a must do on a safety scale but seriously 203 for discs that cost 18 each and i could fit myself.
And over 300 to replace both belts i can get a local garage to do it cheaper
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Hi,
That is a complete rip-off. 203 for changing disks at the same time as pads! It's one extra screw to undo.
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I swear it's like some places just don't want any business
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I know potential day light robbery
just imagine if it was someone with little knowledge or elderly,
like your 80 year grandparent they would just pay it.
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Auxiliary belt has to come off to change cambelt, so only extra cost is price of belt.
They've priced each job individually, where they should have combined the discs & pads, and both belts. Tell 'em to get stuffed.
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85 for the accessory belt?! You can get a Gates branded belt yourself for about 10 - 15 brand new and fit it with I'm sure a single tool to loosen alternator , fit belt, tighten!!!
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It's not Just Fiat,
I had a Ford main dealer quote 3 hours labour for a sump change on a Focus (about 14 bolts you don't even need to take the exhaust off). Turns out they were charging labour time for the 2 hours it took for the sealant to set before they put fresh oil in. And they wanted another 1/2h to change the oil filter at the same time and a stupid amount for the sump.


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85 for the accessory belt?!
It'll be woven by hand with platinum and gold threads, then encrusted with diamonds.
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It'll be woven by hand with platinum and gold threads, then encrusted with diamonds.
'Bling' being the sound made by each diamond when they ping off into the radiator.
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Hi all. I agree with all that's said but now getting on, with a bad heart and duff "footballers" knees and having very little in choice of garages,I cannot do my own repairs .So I get ripped off. Trouble is I can still remember when spuds were 1 old penny a pound.Ahh
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It'll be woven by hand with platinum and gold threads, then encrusted with diamonds.
If only I could spell "Swornoffski"....


O.P. - fit new discs and pads = less than 100

rear brakes, = 5 for a can of Brake Cleaner

supply the belt, and let them fit it when the cam belts off.

or - just go somewhere else.

TBH - they keep in business by having "trade accounts" where the driver isn't footing the bill..so they can charge "creatively"

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O.P. - fit new discs and pads = less than 100




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So is it recomended to change the disc as well then?.
Its 5 years old in july, but have only done 31k! so pads did well but discs are not wearing quite so well.
I can get discs for around 30 new for a pair decent quality comline,so i think i will replace them myself as i plan to keep the car for several years to come yet
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Could be expensive if they're using genuine fiat parts,I have just paid over 17 for the 5 bolts to fit one of the rear quarter panels on my Tipo . And that's for the bolt only, not the captive bit behind .
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So is it recomended to change the disc as well then?.
Its 5 years old in july, but have only done 31k! so pads did well but discs are not wearing quite so well.
I can get discs for around 30 new for a pair decent quality comline,so i think i will replace them myself as i plan to keep the car for several years to come yet
entirely your call,
I'd see how worn they ACTUALLY are,
either with a measurement of the disc thickness, or just an appraisal of the lip

if the disc is still flat and true, and wont's be under thickness in 10, 000 miles , then just new pads is fine.
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entirely your call,
I'd see how worn they ACTUALLY are,
either with a measurement of the disc thickness, or just an appraisal of the lip

if the disc is still flat and true, and wont's be under thickness in 10, 000 miles , then just new pads is fine.
They will be replaced with the pads no doubt best in long run
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