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Old topic, but can't find the answer (MFK).

Hi all,

I have been out here a while and I drive a 12 year old Nissan Pathfinder. Its is pretty good shape (few scratches, little bit of rust on the front bumper corners where I have scrapped a few walls) and has done 200,000 kilometers. Now, I am not really interested in changing it as mechanically it is sound and it has everything I need but I am due for a new MFK next month.

How do I work out how much the MFK will cost? Does it depend on the weight, engine, mileage (or kilometerage if thats a word) or are there set prices for an MFK? Its a 3.2 petrol if that helps.

I am probably going to put it into a dealer just to take the hassle out of the whole MFK process (local garage - car needs new brakes & a service anyway), but I am just wondering if there are different factors I should consider in order to work out roughly how much to budget.

I bought the car a couple of years back and had a fresh MFK put on it then (included in the price) so I didn't really give it much thought at the time (it was an inclusive price).

Any help, advice, links or pointers would be appreciated. If it makes a difference, I am in the canton of Zurich (on the Zug border and I was going to use a local Zug back street garage who has worked on the car before for the MFK). There is another question - can I use a Zug garage for a Zurich registered car MFK?

Thanks in advance, B.
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Re: Old topic, but can't find the answer (MFK).

If the garage are happy to take the car to Zurich, it shouldn't be an issue.

However, my advice, drop the car, and tell them "Give me a price before you start any of the work". They should be happy to give it a quick 10-15min look over to know what it is likely to fail on - and therefore need fixing.

Budget - brakes won't be cheap, and I'd be surprised if you have much change from 1500-2000chf for the experience!
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Re: Old topic, but can't find the answer (MFK).

Excellent - thanks. Thats exactly what I wanted to know.

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Re: Old topic, but can't find the answer (MFK).

The fee for a "passenger-car-MFK" is CHF 56.- in Kanton Zürich. The guys at MFk don't care who prepared your car for the inspection.
Save money and drive the car by yourself/your wife to the inspection. The garage may charge you CHF 100+ per hour driving to and from the inspection.
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Old 07.10.2010, 10:57
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The garage WILL charge you CHF 100+ per hour driving to and from the inspection.
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Old 07.10.2010, 12:19
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They'll also make sure it passes - I have never heard of a garage taking a clients car to the MFK and it failing.

I know of 1 car that went to the MFK with it's owner and failed because the spacers were too wide. The same car, with the same spacers went with a mechanic - and passed.

Mind you it is the same in the UK with the MOT, I knew a garage that if they knew you, would pass a car without advisories - but would then give you a piece of paper listing what they would like to see done in the next 12 months - and would trust you would get it done
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They'll also make sure it passes - I have never heard of a garage taking a clients car to the MFK and it failing.
Yes, normally they take into accounts even small things. For me it was reversed. Twice I was told that the car would not pass expertise and it passed (I was passing myself).
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Re: Old topic, but can't find the answer (MFK).

Sorry for the delay, but a quick update. I waited for the MFK paperwork to come to me and then delayed the MFK, hence why the delay in updating anyone who is interested.

I decided to get the garage to do the MFK for me and asked for a price up front. They quoted me CHF 300 to clean the underside of the car and the engine as well as taking it for the MFK. They did a quick check for anything obvious and said it was likely to fail BUT they had included a double visit to the MFK place (I can't spell the long name). The reason for this was that they just took it down the first time and got a list of things that caused it to fail. Then they gave me a price ONLY for this work and nothing else.

Total cost including everything was CHF 1,900. Sounds a lot (and it is), but the most expensive part was to replace a chrome bumper that had rust spots showing through which was the main reason it failed the bloody MFK (looked shabby). It did need a few other small jobs doing, but for me it well worth using a garage.

Since having the car done (I had it serviced as well for the cost above), it has developed a new fault and needs a new water pump. Typical - the thing only started causing a problem after the engine was cleaned so I reckon sometimes things are best left alone.

Still, nearly CHF 2k lighter, but I have a car ready to go for the next 2 years so I am happy as its way cheaper than having to replace it at the moment. Who knows, if I come into a few quid I might get a new car but for now I am not going to worry about it.
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Re: Old topic, but can't find the answer (MFK).

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Sorry for the delay, but a quick update. I waited for the MFK paperwork to come to me and then delayed the MFK, hence why the delay in updating anyone who is interested.

I decided to get the garage to do the MFK for me and asked for a price up front. They quoted me CHF 300 to clean the underside of the car and the engine as well as taking it for the MFK. They did a quick check for anything obvious and said it was likely to fail BUT they had included a double visit to the MFK place (I can't spell the long name). The reason for this was that they just took it down the first time and got a list of things that caused it to fail. Then they gave me a price ONLY for this work and nothing else.

Total cost including everything was CHF 1,900. Sounds a lot (and it is), but the most expensive part was to replace a chrome bumper that had rust spots showing through which was the main reason it failed the bloody MFK (looked shabby). It did need a few other small jobs doing, but for me it well worth using a garage.

Since having the car done (I had it serviced as well for the cost above), it has developed a new fault and needs a new water pump. Typical - the thing only started causing a problem after the engine was cleaned so I reckon sometimes things are best left alone.

Still, nearly CHF 2k lighter, but I have a car ready to go for the next 2 years so I am happy as its way cheaper than having to replace it at the moment. Who knows, if I come into a few quid I might get a new car but for now I am not going to worry about it.
Well here's a tip for next time: if you're a member of the TCS (something like the Swiss AA) you can get an MFK pretest for only CHF 80.- Since they're also authorised to do the MFK, you get the same people who usually do the MFK to tell you what needs to be done. Best thing is: they're impartial and don't want to sell you anything, so I'd rather trust them than any garage.

I actually do this whenever something's wrong with the car. Take it to the TCS Center first and then to the garage where I can tell them exactly what needs to be done. It's usually cheaper than having the garage team find out what's wrong.
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Well here's a tip for next time: if you're a member of the TCS (something like the Swiss AA) you can get an MFK pretest for only CHF 80.- Since they're also authorised to do the MFK, you get the same people who usually do the MFK to tell you what needs to be done. Best thing is: they're impartial and don't want to sell you anything, so I'd rather trust them than any garage.


I'm pretty sure that in Basel, the MFK is actually performed by the "authorities", i.e. police, although I accept that there may be regional differences.

Are you sure you aren't thinking of Abgas?
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Re: Old topic, but can't find the answer (MFK).

The TCS can do MFK's, but why pay 80 for a pretest when the real thing is only 56 in ZH?

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Well here's a tip for next time: if you're a member of the TCS (something like the Swiss AA) you can get an MFK pretest for only CHF 80.- Since they're also authorised to do the MFK, you get the same people who usually do the MFK to tell you what needs to be done. Best thing is: they're impartial and don't want to sell you anything, so I'd rather trust them than any garage.

I actually do this whenever something's wrong with the car. Take it to the TCS Center first and then to the garage where I can tell them exactly what needs to be done. It's usually cheaper than having the garage team find out what's wrong.
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The TCS can do MFK's, but why pay 80 for a pretest when the real thing is only 56 in ZH?
The only reason I can think of is that if they spot a lot of problems near the start of the test - they won't complete the test - and you won't know what else needs doing!

And remember, the MFK inspectors don't like to get their hands dirty - so make sure your car is spotless underneath and in the engine bay.
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I'm pretty sure that in Basel, the MFK is actually performed by the "authorities", i.e. police, although I accept that there may be regional differences.

Are you sure you aren't thinking of Abgas?
Maybe it depends on the canton, as here TCS can do inspections as well (but only cars and trucks, not motorcycles).

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Since having the car done (I had it serviced as well for the cost above), it has developed a new fault and needs a new water pump.
Don't forget to get the rubber timing belt changed at the same time!

The TCS will do the MFK cheaper for members, but only if the car has not yet been called for the MFK, ie. before that date at the bottom of the car registration document.
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