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Appart from the cambelt I imagine they are seriously extracting the Pee.
I also have a small independant commercial and general garage etc who is also a Merc expert.
Our van is now ten years old with 43K on the clock.
When I take it in and suggest the widget or whatever might need replacing or checking he just politely suggests I leave it to him and he reminds me that the van has yet to attain the average mileage for a six month old vehicle. To date only routine parts replaced, filters, oil, tyres. He does think the exhaust may need sorting within the next couple of years.
I too would get a second opinion.
It may well be possible to have the steering rack reconditioned or even to buy a replacement reconditioned unit. Ask a few local Motor Factors if they have a listing or if they can get it reconditioned (if it is at all necessary of course).
Possible also that the brake discs are available from a Motor Factors at a fraction of the cost from a main dealer.
I would get a second opinion on the steering rack. I have never had one fail.
Cam belt is something that needs doing as the cost of failure is unthinkable.
As for the rear disks they do very little in braking and as such seem to wear slowly and makes them prone to sticking and rust.
I don't trust Mot garages that are fairly certain that you will use them for repairs. They have a vested interest in it failing.
Take it to a Council or Government Mot centre. Just had ours done in local Ambulance repair depot, £40!! They do no repairs and are used to Fiat Ducato, Renault Master, Merc Sprinters etc.
Originally Posted by icer
Curiously, even though he buys & rents motorhomes, services etc., he said he wouldn't drive one personally, and prefers his caravan!
There's no accounting for some people.
I use wents garage ulcombe which is about 5 miles from parkwood tele no 01622 842 445
they have a big ramp and i have used them for about 5 years.
They also hire motorhomes so are familiar with work involved.
They of course do mot's
It is worth a second opinion for a cost of £60
Re: Renault Master
Originally Posted by torrhead
For routine stuff I'll definitely use a small garage - I use a local guy for my cars who is brilliant, reliable, trustworthy, good value - he has done all my cars for the past 15 years. Unfortunately he can't fit the Motorhome in his garage!
Mine's got the 120bhp 2.5litre which (according to the dealership) is a belt rather than a chain.
Hi Morphology, I have a CI on a Renault chassis, mine is August 06 registered and has completed 20k miles., to date I have not needed any parts replaced,
however I am aware that the bottom ball joints on this base vehicle are,within the trade, regarded as being the week link in the suspension, they wear quickly but there condition is easily checked by the garage I believe later models are fitted with heavier ball joint units. In 2006 a lot of the Renault masters were fitted with the Nissen 3 ltr power unit which is chain driven, this is my preference, but would not be everyones cup of tea as the output is 140bhp compared to the 150bhp of the later 2.5 ltr. that Renault now fit. If yours is tne cam belt version it would be wise to replace the belt as per manufacturers instructions. Finally I go to a small garage for my repairs/checks who is vat.registered, this way I avoid the excessive charges of the main dealer who will start with labour costs in the region of £75 per hr.also the work carried out at the main dealers I believe is harder to keep a check on. Hope this helps,
Originally Posted by rosalan
Originally Posted by Mrplodd
It's at a Renault main dealership, who tell me that Renault advise it is changed after 6 years (or xxx miles, but I didn't listen to that bit).
As it's a main dealership, I'm happy to accept their advice re the Cam Belt, and I've seen the pitting on the brake discs myself (whilst I was having new M+S tyres fitted a couple of months ago).
It's the steering rack, where I don't know whether to trust them or not. They insist it would fail the MOT if they didn't replace it but there again, they are carrying out the MOT so I can't insist they don't do anything about it, unless I'm prepared to get it MOT'd somewhere else!
Re: Steering Rack, Cam belt etc etc
Originally Posted by rayc
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