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Pistol Pete
28-09-2005, 01:19 PM
Ok, so my ZS is due a 48000 mile service, which includes a cam-belt change. Previously it has been main dealer serviced by a dealer that I know and trust, thing is they are a 400 mile drive away, so I looked at getting the work done locally.

My local (former) main dealer wants 560 for it. I don't have a problem with that as main dealers are expensive, but now that there is no warrenty to back it, I am wondering what other options available. Can anyone point me at an independant MG specialist in Oxford area?

What's everyone else doing about servicing?

Cheers,

Pete:drink2:

Goldeneye
28-09-2005, 01:49 PM
This bloke was advertising on ebay.

Auction is now finished but you can still view the item with contact details.

MG Rover specialist. Head gaskets/clutches, servicing.
Does your MG or Rover require attention?

Item No 4575793538

Pistol Pete
28-09-2005, 02:07 PM
Thanks,
I've e-mailed him through ebay, so we'll see what he comes pack with. Does anyone have any experiance of this guy? I'm a little hessitant in putting any trust in "some bloke off ebay"..

Cheers,

Pete

GT
28-09-2005, 02:34 PM
Search for some Unipart acceredited server workshops - they have full MGR support and a warranty scheme on all their work.

Ralph
28-09-2005, 06:47 PM
Pete, can you change your user name? Any post you make gets blocked by the Net Nanny at work. I think its objecting to 'Pistol'.

Pistol Pete
28-09-2005, 09:19 PM
Pete, can you change your user name? Any post you make gets blocked by the Net Nanny at work. I think its objecting to 'Pistol'.

Eh.. I don't seem to be able to change my username. I've edited my profile to get rid of the hotmail address though, that might help. Can you see my posts on xpf, .org or PH as I use the same username everywhere.

Pete

Mr Vegas
28-09-2005, 10:13 PM
ive just booked my ZR TDI in for its 48k service and that was 480. I think after this Il be doing the rest of the services myself.....

Pistol Pete
28-09-2005, 10:27 PM
...I think after this Il be doing the rest of the services myself.....

Yep. Book time for this one is about 5-6 hours though, so probably 2 days for me -not had MGR training, never done it before, and not got the special tools needed for cam and injector pump belts. The consiquences of getting it wrong are not worth thinking about.

Pete

Rally Matt
29-09-2005, 09:00 AM
The cam belt is not so tricky but getting the injector pump belt and subsequent timing right is critcal. You can try with make do tools but I wouldn't! The proper tools make the job easy to get right.

Rest of the service is pretty straight forward stuff!

We are looking at getting a range of MG Rover tools for the future.

blue harbour
29-09-2005, 11:20 AM
Matt!

Are you still going ahead with that idea for those workshops at the silverstone site then?????

GT
29-09-2005, 11:31 AM
ive just booked my ZR TDI in for its 48k service and that was 480. I think after this Il be doing the rest of the services myself.....

Is this because of the non automatic tentioning cambelt or something similar?

I think the later models dont get this more expensive service until 60-70k

ZS
29-09-2005, 12:22 PM
ive just booked my ZR TDI in for its 48k service and that was 480. I think after this Il be doing the rest of the services myself.....

480? You where lucky... back in my day it was 600!!!

Rally Matt
29-09-2005, 05:05 PM
Yes we have a small workshop installed about 5 mins from Silverstone Circuit. Currently we are just looking after our rally cars and a few other motorsport projects and chasiss and brake tuning jobs.

Things for the workshop keep turning up and we are nearly out of space already. There is the potential to move to a larger unit if it becomes available in Spring.

GT, the manual adjuster on the cam belt is pretty straight forward. The tricky bit is the fuel injector pump belt. Without the right special tools it is very easy to muck up the timing as the drive wheel has to be loosened and then retightened with tension on the belt (the fixing holes are slotted) and all thhis has to be done with moving anything! or the pump timing with be out and then the car will run like a pig, oink.

GT
29-09-2005, 05:30 PM
I wasnt thinking so much from a difficulty point of view, just the service interval gap :)

The impression I was under was that the later models with the automatic adjuster could go for longer between high expense servicing to have it sorted?

Tony
30-09-2005, 05:51 PM
Thread moved to MG general section.