What's the largest routine service bill you've ever had?

What's the largest routine service bill you've ever had?

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PomBstard

4,360 posts

205 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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928S4 - engine-out, top end refurb with new clutch, radiator, various odds/ends, and plating/polishing to make the engine bay look all sparkly - that lot came to about AU$23k, which is about GBP13k

On the plus side, my insurer was happy to add that to the insurance value of the car. I think that's a plus anyway...

Chubbyross

1,591 posts

48 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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£4650. 911 Turbo. Radiators all round, hoses, disks, pads and oils. You need a large war chest when owning Porsches.

Squirrelofwoe

2,876 posts

139 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Highest for me is £2,160 - also on a TVR Tuscan

That was a recent 12k service with a few other bits needed- new fuel return pipe, scavenge oil return pipe, new hose to oil cooler, track-rod ends & steering rack gaiters, two rear tyres, various clips etc replaced, new rear exhaust mounts, 2 hours extra labour for the valve clearances, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Having racked up almost £9k on my Chimaera since 2016 I didn't think that was too bad for the Tuscan.

Stockholm syndrome?

PrinceRupert

10,018 posts

48 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Squirrelofwoe said:
Highest for me is £2,160 - also on a TVR Tuscan

That was a recent 12k service with a few other bits needed- new fuel return pipe, scavenge oil return pipe, new hose to oil cooler, track-rod ends & steering rack gaiters, two rear tyres, various clips etc replaced, new rear exhaust mounts, 2 hours extra labour for the valve clearances, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Having racked up almost £9k on my Chimaera since 2016 I didn't think that was too bad for the Tuscan.

Stockholm syndrome?
I'm budgeting £1.5-2k a year i.e. won't be surprised if each service comes in around that. Just justify it on the basis that values are not going down or are even going up ...

HustleRussell

18,899 posts

123 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Think I did about £130 on the old 5-series once (the time I did the cabin air filter and drop links at the same time as the usual service)

Squirrelofwoe

2,876 posts

139 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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PrinceRupert said:
I'm budgeting £1.5-2k a year i.e. won't be surprised if each service comes in around that. Just justify it on the basis that values are not going down or are even going up ...
It's a good way of looking at it / making you sleep better at night hehe

The previous sales receipts for our car in the history file are for £14k, £17k, £19.5k, and then we got it last year for £23k (was up for £27k).

bobsavage789

166 posts

17 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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2007 Ford Focus ST.

Had to get both front wishbones (I think) replaced for it to pass an MOT.

£1200 on a £7000 car (which had only done 45k miles) was quite tough to take...

PrinceRupert

10,018 posts

48 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Squirrelofwoe said:
PrinceRupert said:
I'm budgeting £1.5-2k a year i.e. won't be surprised if each service comes in around that. Just justify it on the basis that values are not going down or are even going up ...
It's a good way of looking at it / making you sleep better at night hehe

The previous sales receipts for our car in the history file are for £14k, £17k, £19.5k, and then we got it last year for £23k (was up for £27k).
I'm paying 28k for a car the previous owner paid 18k for in 2015. Saying that he probably sold it to Str8Sic for what, 24/25k? And paid 8.5k for an engine rebuild and who knows what for a respray on top of normal maintenance including a full suspension refresh...

Shnozz

22,754 posts

234 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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PrinceRupert said:
Squirrelofwoe said:
PrinceRupert said:
I'm budgeting £1.5-2k a year i.e. won't be surprised if each service comes in around that. Just justify it on the basis that values are not going down or are even going up ...
It's a good way of looking at it / making you sleep better at night hehe

The previous sales receipts for our car in the history file are for £14k, £17k, £19.5k, and then we got it last year for £23k (was up for £27k).
I'm paying 28k for a car the previous owner paid 18k for in 2015. Saying that he probably sold it to Str8Sic for what, 24/25k? And paid 8.5k for an engine rebuild and who knows what for a respray on top of normal maintenance including a full suspension refresh...
That was a very late rebuild. Did it survive on the original until beyond 2015? The respray in that colour would have been eye-watering too. Sort of previous owner you want that suggests its been maintained regardless of cost.

Daston

5,698 posts

166 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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£1200 on a Tuscan (there seems to be a theme) 2 shocks were leaking so had all 4 replaced along with rear bushes.

That was a year before a £7k engine rebuild. TVR had already rebuilt it once 🤣

PrinceRupert

10,018 posts

48 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Shnozz said:
PrinceRupert said:
Squirrelofwoe said:
PrinceRupert said:
I'm budgeting £1.5-2k a year i.e. won't be surprised if each service comes in around that. Just justify it on the basis that values are not going down or are even going up ...
It's a good way of looking at it / making you sleep better at night hehe

The previous sales receipts for our car in the history file are for £14k, £17k, £19.5k, and then we got it last year for £23k (was up for £27k).
I'm paying 28k for a car the previous owner paid 18k for in 2015. Saying that he probably sold it to Str8Sic for what, 24/25k? And paid 8.5k for an engine rebuild and who knows what for a respray on top of normal maintenance including a full suspension refresh...
That was a very late rebuild. Did it survive on the original until beyond 2015? The respray in that colour would have been eye-watering too. Sort of previous owner you want that suggests its been maintained regardless of cost.
As far as I am aware, it was original engine until the rebuild. The respray is not in the original cascade colour, but a very close imitation (apparently the original cascade colour would have been EYEWATERINGLY expensive). But yes, seems a well looked after car ... and is immaculate, as you would expect given the recent respray, other than a slightly tired driver's seat and a tiny mark on the rear wing.

DanielSan

15,861 posts

130 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Impreza STI. New rod bearings turned into a full bottom end rebuild with forged pistons, new rods, Impreza Spec C crankshaft etc etc 'while it's apart anyway'

Total bill was just over £5.5k.

Squirrelofwoe

2,876 posts

139 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Shnozz said:
That was a very late rebuild. Did it survive on the original until beyond 2015? The respray in that colour would have been eye-watering too. Sort of previous owner you want that suggests its been maintained regardless of cost.
Ours was rebuilt in 2014 (it's a 2000 car) on 54k miles, so another late rebuild. I would hazard a guess it was based on excessive wear spotted at one of the big services, rather than the result of an actual component failure as many of the early Speed-6 rebuilds were?

I had my Chimaera engine rebuilt in 2019 (a 1995 car) - it still drove ok but when it was stripped down the internals were in a right state. The difference being the old Rover V8 tends to just carry on in that state with a minimum of fuss, rather than fail catastrophically like the Speed-6.

Faust66

1,672 posts

128 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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bobsavage789 said:
2007 Ford Focus ST.

Had to get both front wishbones (I think) replaced for it to pass an MOT.

£1200 on a £7000 car (which had only done 45k miles) was quite tough to take...
1200 quid?

That's shocking... couple of hours labour and the parts surely can't be that expensive?


For reference: I swapped both lower wishbones on my girlfriend's V70 at the side of the road in under 3 hours (that included coffee and fag breaks). Fair bit of camber on my road so you can only jack one side of the car at a time, so that time included jacking up, axle stand, wheel off, splitting the ball joint, removing the 2 inner bolts, fiddling around and swearing. Re-fitting was the reversal of removal.

In a garage with a lift it'd be a hell of a lot easier.

Pothole

32,346 posts

245 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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£1235. Triumph Tiger Sport. Included tyres and chain & sprockets.

Pistonheader101

1,418 posts

70 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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£0 service pack included, thank you very much.

juice

6,233 posts

245 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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This, on my SLK55



Lord.Vader

3,422 posts

102 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Just over £5k on a AM Vantage.

Front discs / pads
Rear discs / pads
Handbrake pads
Normal ‘big’ ( 4 year iirc service )

Front pads were £1,200.

Told them to FRO as I’d done less than 300 miles in the car and it should have been picked up on the ‘Timeless’ inspection of it was that bad.

Ended up paying about £500 as a gesture of goodwill, makes you think how many owners (with actual money) would just pay the bill no quibble.

ch37

6,942 posts

184 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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£700 on an Ignis Sport, which relative to the cost of the car (£9k new!) was quite a shock given that it was a relatively basic service.

Iridium Spark Plugs seemed to be the major source of the cost.

Shnozz

22,754 posts

234 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Lord.Vader said:
Just over £5k on a AM Vantage.

Front discs / pads
Rear discs / pads
Handbrake pads
Normal ‘big’ ( 4 year iirc service )

Front pads were £1,200.

Told them to FRO as I’d done less than 300 miles in the car and it should have been picked up on the ‘Timeless’ inspection of it was that bad.

Ended up paying about £500 as a gesture of goodwill, makes you think how many owners (with actual money) would just pay the bill no quibble.
I was given a similar estimate by Aston main dealer last year. Got all OEM parts from Rick via this forum and had them fitted at a fraction of the cost. Sometimes it pays to be savvy.