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Renault servicing over the boarder

Does anyone have any tips for good Renault dealerships just over the border in either Germany or France. I was just quoted a nut crunching CHF 2,500 for a main service and a timing belt change
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Does anyone have any tips for good Renault dealerships just over the border in either Germany or France. I was just quoted a nut crunching CHF 2,500 for a main service and a timing belt change
What? I had my Renault serviced here, new high pressure pump and had the timing belt and a service done for 1300CHF or so... and that was on a RHD Irish regged one which had bend me over written on the reg plate. It was actually cheaper here then it would have been in the UK or Ireland!!!

Try another dealer.
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Try another dealer.
yep - the renault dealer in dättwil "only" charged us around 1000chf..
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Re: Renault servicing over the boarder

Well my service light just came up so let's see who watches the thread. Please PM me.

2006. 55k. Megane Kombi Diesel Auto....I know....was an irrational moment with the family imminently arriving from overseas.

So come on chaps. Main Dealer ZRH to date. PM me to preserve this piece of French automotive....experience.

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Re: Renault servicing over the boarder

Hi

The Renault Bader garage just up the road from the Geant quoted me 900 Euros for a service plus replacement of brake disks/pads. This was in March 2009. I also got an estimate from Ford (as my car is a Focus) who wanted to charge 1200 Euros. Both garages quoted quite a lot for the parts as well as labour. Hopefully that will give you some idea of the possible damage.

I was lucky as my Dad helped me do it instead. It was cheaper to get the parts shipped from the UK to France (parts were about half the price if I remember right).

The main servicing is straightforward as you can look in the car service manual to see what is required (and most of it is "check" rather than "replace"). Changing the oil and filter is not too bad, and likewise for the other filters. Then there is the brake fluid if you need to change that.

I suppose replacing the timing belt is the biggest job though but if you could just get them to do that by itself you will at least save a reasonable amount.
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To be fair to mine it has just taken me and my family to the UK and back without a whisper, and we fled north before the Popes disciples could bang it in the London car parks. Not a short drive however, but an adventure.

5.9l per 100 and never uncomfortable.

Still want a 928...
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What? I had my Renault serviced here, new high pressure pump and had the timing belt and a service done for 1300CHF or so... and that was on a RHD Irish regged one which had bend me over written on the reg plate. It was actually cheaper here then it would have been in the UK or Ireland!!!

Try another dealer.
This was the Renault dealership in Sihlbrugg, will try the one in Affoltern today, any rec's gratefully relieved... or the addy' of where I can sell a kidney on the black market.
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Re: Renault servicing over the boarder

I'd be interested in a good value Renault service as well.

I can't recommend the one in Waedenswil - they charged 700CHF for a fairly basic service including an air-con service. The air-con was fine before they touched it but now has an intermittent fault (which I suppose I can't attribute to them with 100% certainty.

However, they didn't check that there was rust on the brake discs which causes a nice screeching noise when braking at low speed.

Another garage fixed this a month after the service and was shocked that it hadn't been spotted and dealt with.

What they did do was peel off every sticker in the car attributed to the main dealer where we bought the car and put their own on. They also replaced the number plate plastic inserts with their own with their garage name on them and left a little chocolate on the dashboard
I reckon they put more attention and time into that then doing the service.
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Re: Renault servicing over the boarder

I have noticed a few places have signs saying the aircon must be serviced every x years... this is not true, its a closed/ sealed system. if it stops working or is not as cold ( in summer) and does not clear the screen quickly ( in winter9 then it needs a re gas and a leak check.

i paid 40Euro to have mine regassed after 11 years of operation.
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I'd be interested in a good value Renault service as well.

I can't recommend the one in Waedenswil - they charged 700CHF for a fairly basic service including an air-con service. The air-con was fine before they touched it but now has an intermittent fault (which I suppose I can't attribute to them with 100% certainty.

However, they didn't check that there was rust on the brake discs which causes a nice screeching noise when braking at low speed.

Another garage fixed this a month after the service and was shocked that it hadn't been spotted and dealt with.

What they did do was peel off every sticker in the car attributed to the main dealer where we bought the car and put their own on. They also replaced the number plate plastic inserts with their own with their garage name on them and left a little chocolate on the dashboard
I reckon they put more attention and time into that then doing the service.

for the brakes, remove the pads and put a small amount of copper or ceramic grease on the backing material and chamfer the trailing edge of the pads
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Re: Renault servicing over the boarder

Come on folks.....somebody must have used a garage in DE or better FR?

On a slightly different note, for a car 4yrs old and 60k km is it worth sticking to main dealer?

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Re: Renault servicing over the boarder

If it's out of warranty I wouldn't bother TBH. I'm in the UK just now, and went to a Renault main dealer, who said that the service and timing belt would bewould be £1,200 in Switzerland it's neat a neat CHF 2,200. Throw in the CHF 300 to wash the chassis and engine, and a few MFK prep tweaks and bye, bye CHF 2,500

Driving the bloody thing back to Blighty for the work, having a weekend with some top nosh and some retail therapy, would actually cost less than getting it done here.... 1st real rant about Swiss pricing over.
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If it's out of warranty I wouldn't bother TBH. I'm in the UK just now, and went to a Renault main dealer, who said that the service and timing belt would bewould be £1,200 in Switzerland it's neat a neat CHF 2,200. Throw in the CHF 300 to wash the chassis and engine, and a few MFK prep tweaks and bye, bye CHF 2,500

Driving the bloody thing back to Blighty for the work, having a weekend with some top nosh and some retail therapy, would actually cost less than getting it done here.... 1st real rant about Swiss pricing over.
Do you want the good news or bad news?

Good news - £1200 @ 1.65 = 2000chf
Bad news?
80chf - Ferry
260chf - Fuel
50chf - tolls (if you go via luxembourg)
390chf

IE 2400chf total!

You'll save just 100chf to have the pleasure of spending 20 hours driving their and back!
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Do you want the good news or bad news?

Good news - £1200 @ 1.65 = 2000chf
Bad news?
80chf - Ferry
260chf - Fuel
50chf - tolls (if you go via luxembourg)
390chf

IE 2400chf total!

You'll save just 100chf to have the pleasure of spending 20 hours driving their and back!
Incorrect if you read the post.

I'm in the UK now hence being able to check with a UK dealer, the flights and car hire to get here= CHF 782, add that the cost of the work in CH total for my trip and the work is = CHF 3,282,
Using your costings @ CHF 2,400,
Saving had I driven over = CHF 882

So my maths and staement are good, just a pity I found out the cost of the car works after I'd booked my trip..... an expensive DOH!

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Re: Renault servicing over the boarder

So....
Just over the border in France?
The national brand. CHF / EUR at the best rate ever.
Might just try it since nobody seems to have.
Will let you know
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Please do.... a Renault dealership here wants CHF 1,400 to change the rear disc's and pads on a 1.9 Laguna komb
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To be fair to mine it has just taken me and my family to the UK and back without a whisper, and we fled north before the Popes disciples could bang it in the London car parks. Not a short drive however, but an adventure.

5.9l per 100 and never uncomfortable.

Still want a 928...
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Last week I took my girl friend's Fiat Punto 65 (1.4 liter 65 PS) to the German Fiat dealer in Lörrach near Basel. I arrived at 8 am.

I chose this garage, convenient for the train back home in case something else came up and they couldn't finish the work inside one day, and a garage near to Switzerland. This one did all the work, & I am very satisfied, http://www.schaufelberger-auto.de/

The car needed a 75,000 Km service, and as the car is 10 years old, replacing the toothed timing belt (Zahnriehm), belt tensioner, the water pump, and replace the brake fluid. Also replaced were: 4 spark plugs, motor oil + filter, anti-freeze, pollen filter, 2 'V' belts (Keilriehm).

Parts came to about €360 and the work was €309, (German 19% MWSt was €127.24) Total cost (before tax)was € 669.60 = about CHF 836.07

At 16:30 I paid cash and went to the nearby border and got the Invoice/ Receipt stamped by the German customs. Then at 16:45 I returned to the garage and re-claimed the tax of € 127.24

Next I drove into Switzerland and declared the repairs and service. Tax is not paid on liquids, and the Swiss 8% MWSt came to CHF 62.70 it is easy to avoid paying the Fr 62.70 but I considered it would be easy to check up on me, and for Fr 62.70 it wasn't worth the risk.

So a major service for a small car in under 1 day for just under CHF 900. I was home again in Bern at 7pm.

12 months ago she replaced the battery & the catalysator for CHF 500.

I am offering to collect your cars and bring them to Germany or France for the garage costs, (plus any necessary train expenses), plus my wage of CHF 100 per day. Only cash please! I would recommend Lörrach in Germany as the workers are known to be conscientious, and reclaiming the tax is easy. If it turns into a 2 day job I would take the train home for the night and avoid hotel costs. Half-Tax return train ticket to Bern is less than CHF 50,--

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Last week I took my girl friend's Fiat Punto 65 (1.4 liter 65 PS) to the German Fiat dealer in Lörrach near Basel. I arrived at 8 am.

I chose this garage, convenient for the train back home in case something else came up and they couldn't finish the work inside one day, and a garage near to Switzerland. This one did all the work, & I am very satisfied, http://www.schaufelberger-auto.de/

The car needed a 75,000 Km service, and as the car is 10 years old, replacing the toothed timing belt (Zahnriehm), belt tensioner, the water pump, and replace the brake fluid. Also replaced were: 4 spark plugs, motor oil + filter, anti-freeze, pollen filter, 2 'V' belts (Keilriehm).

Parts came to about €360 and the work was €309, (German 19% MWSt was €127.24) Total cost (before tax)was € 669.60 = about CHF 836.07

At 16:30 I paid cash and went to the nearby border and got the Invoice/ Receipt stamped by the German customs. Then at 16:45 I returned to the garage and re-claimed the tax of € 127.24

Next I drove into Switzerland and declared the repairs and service. Tax is not paid on liquids, and the Swiss 8% MWSt came to CHF 62.70 it is easy to avoid paying the Fr 62.70 but I considered it would be easy to check up on me, and for Fr 62.70 it wasn't worth the risk.

So a major service for a small car in under 1 day for just under CHF 900. I was home again in Bern at 7pm.

12 months ago she replaced the battery & the catalysator for CHF 500.

I am offering to collect your cars and bring them to Germany or France for the garage costs, (plus any necessary train expenses), plus my wage of CHF 100 per day. Only cash please!
What was the total saving then?

I know nothing of the Renault dealerships just over either border, and driving to my former local place in Angouleme (which was excellent) is ridiculous, so I may well be interested in that offer.
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I would guess she saved around CHF 1,000 compared to Swiss prices. It was a major service! I asked for the old exchanged parts and they gave me them.

We went Christmas shopping over the border, and were at the garage before Christmas and we asked for an estimate. But another time I could ask for the estimate online by E-Mail.

I would suggest getting the Renault serviced in Lörrach as the German workers are known to be conscientious. There is also an easy train connection to Basel SBB if the job spreads over two days, avoiding the extra hotel costs. Half-Tax return train ticket to Bern is less than CHF 50,--

http://www.google.ch/search?hl=en&rl...l=&oq=&gs_rfai=

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