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Hi, my 2005 BMW X5 3.0d is taking its time to start these mornings. It's due a service shortly (1,000 miles). Should I put anti-freeze in it now or wait? Also, will any anti-freeze do or does it have to be specific type as the manual says or is this scaremongering so I get it done by BMW?
Filed under servicing - Asked by Justin Mc Elwee (Sligo) - Wed, 20 Oct 2010 13:14
How much would it cost to change a timing belt in my 2000 Hyundai Coupe?
Also, there is a smell of exhaust fumes while driving the same car. The smell is always there while driving, but only can smell with the windows open and is strongest on the driver's side.
Any ideas or help would be great.
Not much money to go to mechanic!
Filed under servicing - Asked by Aoife Cunningham (Co. Dublin) - Wed, 08 Sep 2010 21:20
How much would it cost to have a head gasket replaced in a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe diesel?
Filed under servicing - Asked by John Dunne (Dublin) - Mon, 16 Aug 2010 15:20
How much should it cost to replace a crankshaft oil seal on a 2004 Saab 9-3 2.0-litre petrol Turbo?
Filed under servicing - Asked by Gene Lett (Donegal) - Fri, 16 Jul 2010 18:30
How much should I pay for a timing belt replacement for a 1999 Opel Vectra?
Filed under servicing - Asked by SHAY DOWLING (DUBLIN) - Thu, 20 May 2010 00:52
Is it easy to change a camshaft sensor in a 2004 SEAT Leon 1.4? If so how do I go about it?
Filed under servicing - Asked by Robert McSweeney (Cork) - Sat, 08 May 2010 13:45
I have a 2002 BMW 3 Series worth about €4,500. I bought it a few months ago but things are already starting to go wrong with it. Should I take it to a BMW dealership for service and repair, which could cost a fortune or should I go to the cheapest mechanic I can find to get it looked at? I don't want the work costing more than the car is worth but at the same time I'd like to have a good service history for the car and repairs well done rather than a sticking plaster effort. What would you advise?
Filed under servicing - Asked by Brian O'Sullivan (Mayo) - Wed, 05 May 2010 22:41
Hi. I brought my car to a mechanic recently for a service as its NCT is up soon. He told me as I've over 60,000 miles on the clock my timing belt needs to be replaced, but between labour and parts it'll cost around €400. Is this true? He doesn't seem like the world's most dishonest guy in fairness, but I don't want to have to shell out another €400 unless it's completely necessary.
Filed under servicing - Asked by Brion Lynch (Dingle) - Wed, 28 Apr 2010 20:58
My NCT is coming up soon? Is it best to get the car serviced before the NCT or to go ahead with the test, then have identified faults repaired and return to the NCT centre? Which is most cost effective?
Hi Stephen. We would always echo the words of the manufacturers when it comes to servicing intervals. They are there for a reason so it is usually best to stick with them.
However, from personal experience - albeit with a much older car - the NCT can sometimes uncover things that you didn't know was a problem. If it isn't too long to the NCT, I personally would wait until the NCT and then get a retest if it fails because 9 times out of 10 this works out as a cheaper option rather than getting a service then having to go back to a dealer and get more work done at a later stage if the NCT uncovers anything. At least by having the NCT first you can get the car serviced and also get any faults identified by the test repaired in one go.
However, if your NCT is a long time away and your car is well overdue a service, I would get the service done first as you could end up causing your car some problems which could cost you a lot more to put right.
Filed under servicing - Asked by Stephen Duffy (Abbeyleix) - Wed, 05 May 2010 20:58