Hardcore MB Enthusiast
- Sep 15, 2004
- S211 Sprinter 213CDI, & the new T-class
Monitor and repair if necessary (advisories):
- fluid coming out from under o/s undertray suspect brake fluid Dangerous
- Nearside Rear Brake pipe corroded, covered in grease or other material (1.1.11 (c))
- Offside Rear Brake pipe corroded, covered in grease or other material (1.1.11 (c))
- Rear Registration plate deteriorated but not likely to be misread (0.1 (b))
Whenever the service or in this case, the MOT examination has found an issue, I have always immediately instructed the dealership to go ahead but this time.... It made NO sense. The workshop wanted my authorisation but I said no and requested the car be returned to our home address.
I immediately booked the car into a local garage and asked that they replace the corroded brake pipes and replace the rear number plate which is 16yrs of age. Now before I go any further, our car is 16yrs of age, always kept in our garage and has only done 60k miles.
I have attached a copy of the note sent to me from the examining garage and what was not said was that the fluid on the undertray was a few drips from the brake reservoir when the front discs were replaced. Most definitely NOT dangerous and not worthy of even being mentioned.
On receiving this report, I was not a happy bunny and wrote a scathing review on the main dealer web-site.
The service manager very quickly contacted m,e and after a brief conversation they collected our car and re-examined it. Gosh, gee wizz, they agreed with my independent findings. I received an apology and was told it was 'an over-exuberant examiner!!'
Oh so that was alright then... Hopefully |I have learnt a valuable lesson but how much should we rely on these advisory notices?