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Re: Car repair

Another thing to look into is that insurances (I know Mobilair for sure) tows for free to any garage (withing reasonable distance) and is included in the insurance package (regardless of your coverage)
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Re: Car repair

Thanks all. Apologies for any identity misleading. I was and am trying to respect the confidentiality of the person who as I say lives and works in Verbier.
The car is driveable at low speed only, suddenly list full power. It is kept off road in a private car park, he insured it when he needs it for the trips back to the UK. It is a UK registered car. Thanks again. He is back in CH in November when he will 'remember' what part/s he needs!
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Re: Car repair

Have you tried asking for a repair price outside Switzerland? France, Germany, Italy, what's closer? I've seen several garages very close to the borders...
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Thanks all. Apologies for any identity misleading. I was and am trying to respect the confidentiality of the person who as I say lives and works in Verbier.
The car is driveable at low speed only, suddenly list full power. It is kept off road in a private car park, he insured it when he needs it for the trips back to the UK. It is a UK registered car. Thanks again. He is back in CH in November when he will 'remember' what part/s he needs!
I suspect he has not told his insurers he is non resident & living in Verbier. Only 1 or 2 insurers will actually cover the risk with eye watering high premiums.
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You will need a full garage with an engine hoist.

Only air-cooled VWs, and american muscle cars, can have a cluch replaced without one. I've done both, many times, with just a floor jack and jack stands, but a FWD car need the engine hoist (or a tree, done that too).

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Me and my bro replaced a gearbox in a Clio in an afternoon on his driveway with no special tools. Old FWD Vauxhalls used to have a clutch replacement hatch and could be replaced in an hour with a couple of brackets knocked up in the garage. I also don't recall using an engine hoist to replace the gearbox on my BMW either but that was far from a simple job.
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Me and my bro replaced a gearbox in a Clio in an afternoon on his driveway with no special tools. Old FWD Vauxhalls used to have a clutch replacement hatch and could be replaced in an hour with a couple of brackets knocked up in the garage. I also don't recall using an engine hoist to replace the gearbox on my BMW either but that was far from a simple job.
BMW is "kind of" easy to do - remove the exhaust and driveshaft, remove the gearbox supports and "rest" the gearbox on a jack - loosen engive bracket bolts - tilt engine/gearbox backwards - remove engine/gearbox bolts - slide gearbox out.

SIMPLES (once you've done it once that is)
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BMW is "kind of" easy to do - remove the exhaust and driveshaft, remove the gearbox supports and "rest" the gearbox on a jack - loosen engive bracket bolts - tilt engine/gearbox backwards - remove engine/gearbox bolts - slide gearbox out.

SIMPLES (once you've done it once that is)
Starter motor has to come off which was not so easy when there's no room. Same for the gearbox bolts. This was on a 3-series where's there's like an inch of space between the engine and gubbins and the bodywork. The Haynes manual (yes it was along time ago) starts with "remove windscreen wipers...." I seem to recall it was a solid weekend's work.

Would still prefer to do it on a small engined FWD french car :-)
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Starter motor has to come off which was not so easy when there's no room. Same for the gearbox bolts. This was on a 3-series where's there's like an inch of space between the engine and gubbins and the bodywork. The Haynes manual (yes it was along time ago) starts with "remove windscreen wipers...." I seem to recall it was a solid weekend's work.

Would still prefer to do it on a small engined FWD french car :-)
Not in my experience - first time it took 6hrs including installation of new gearbox and rebuild. Second time it was all done in 2hrs.
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