I know why garages charge so much - Pain

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  1. crammy69

    crammy69 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Having followed Grober's example, I changed the charcoal filter yesterday in the 300CE.

    Whilst not a demanding job technically (else I could'nt do it :eek: ) I now can see why garages charge so much. The simple answer is pain. Your not paying for the expertise of the grease monkey with his shiny set of tools, no, you are paying so that you don't wake up the next day with numerous little cuts, scratches and back pain from bending and twisting into unnatural shapes to access tiny little pipes and screws.

    £75 an hour? sounds like a bargain.

    Cheers
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  2. Geryatrix

    Geryatrix New Member

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    £75 an hour does sound a bargain, My local dealer charges over £100 per hour.
     
  3. bigstuff

    bigstuff Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    no pain no gain i did my auto box on my 300te with loads of pain but it was worth it
     
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    The trick is to decide which jobs are worth DIY'ing, and which aren't.

    I personally aren't too keen on the really awkward jobs underneath - much easier for a mechanic with a proper lift to get access etc. Although to be honest, I'd probably attempt almost anything if I needed to.

    Some jobs that are fairly simple, but very labour-intensive can be the best route for DIY. £75/hour x 10/20 hours can add up to a very expensive repair bill.

    Will
     
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    crammy69 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    You are indeed right Will, and with a car that is becoming ever less economically viable, these little savings become ever more important. Mind you, the value in this particular job has been limited with the Mrs today claiming the smell of petrol remains!. Shame, as I'm aching like a trains hit me today.

    Anyway, onwards and upwards. Next job - take out the EZL unit and put some new heat sink compound under it.
     
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    Too right it's a bargain, I certainly wouldn't want to attempt my head gasket, for which it's going in to be looked at tomorrow btw.
     
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    crammy69 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Id be interested (scared) to know how much that would cost, as whilst poking around under mine I noticed the sump had a very liberal coating of oil - aah oil change, that should be next job.....
     
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    I'll let you know, I'm gonna take it to a local indie and see what they say. I'm hoping to get it done within £500, but not holding my breath.
     
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    It's only nuts and bolts :)

    A head gasket replacement is a perfect example of a beneficial DIY solution.

    The majority of the cost is the labour. And most of the labour is fairly simple.

    Even if it took you two or three days (maybe one or two days over a weekend for example), it's several hundred quid saved - which could pay for something nice like a holiday :cool:

    That's how I look at things sometimes ;)

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    Oil change is easy, even I managed it :)

    Just make sure you have the correct filter housing removal tool - my motorbike is currently minus the correct one which seemed to fit but sheared following a bit violence.

    Olly removed it with the correct tool and a lot of force...

    Old cars are meant to weep fluids, shows character ;)

    Ade
     
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    i think my wife would rather i take it down to the garage and spend the time with the family instead, that will probably change once i retire (in 30 odd years or so) and she will probably be very pleased to see the back of me for 2 or 3 days :D
     

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