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Re: Reliable Garage to repair cars in Switzerland or in Germany?

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A service is more than just an oil and filter change - but you knew that, didn't you?

A "proper" service will also inspect:
- CV joints
- Steering
- Wheels and Tyres
- Suspension components - including bushes and tie rods
- Seals, clips, hoses and pipes
- Brakes - including discs, pads, sensors, pipes and hoses
- Transmission and differential oil
- Wipers
- All fluids
- Spark plugs
- Fault reading

A simple BMW service (main dealer) was 450chf - adding 200chf for a brake fluid change - so 2 hours of work for the service + parts. And 1 hour for the brakes + parts

High quality oil will cost 30chf per litre with little effort - and is sold in 1l amounts - and you'll need between 4-8 depending on engine and cylinders.
I did but when I asked "what does this include?", I was given a (literal) hand wave and told oil, filter, brake check. I was also told specifically it did not cover spark plugs because I asked about that.
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Old 07.05.2014, 15:05
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Re: Reliable Garage to repair cars in Switzerland or in Germany?

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I did but when I asked "what does this include?", I was given a (literal) hand wave and told oil, filter, brake check. I was also told specifically it did not cover spark plugs because I asked about that.
They may well check them - but depending on when they were last changed - they may not swap them out.

Typically you pull 1 or 2 - check for the level of wear on the electrode as well as excessive carbon deposits.

Well I would anyway!
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Re: Reliable Garage to repair cars in Switzerland or in Germany?

The light switch went on my Landy Defender. I wanted to repair it myself so I headed to the Land Rover dealer in Luzern. For a simple switch, and it is simple, they wanted 320CHF.
I checked out the Land Rover parts websites in the UK and found a LR Specification switch for 20CHF, so I bought 2....
Replacing it was easy.
So considering the postings on here with the charges etc, it would have cost me in excess of 600chf, ended up costing around 25 doing it myself...
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