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Found a garage that gives a F@#k!

Discussion in 'A4/S4 forum(B5 Chassis)' started by JayB5UK, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. JayB5UK
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    [Nov 1, 2007]
    I'm not bothered that I didn't get my car back today from the garage after new cambelt / water pump and thermostat job, as they wouldn't release it until they had replaced the coolant.
    It's in my local Skoda garage round the corner from me, quite a small dealership but they do own a large petrol station / shop on the same piece of land.
    The guy on the desk said he'd found out that Audi specify their own coolant only and even the VAG Skoda stuff they have isn't approved so they've ordered some in for me.
    I know it'll probably be expensive but it's nice to be called and told that's what they're doing!
    They price matched the local specialist i've used in the past for the work, £250 inc parts for the cambelt & kit replcaement, and not charged any more labour, just approx £33 for the water pump and whatever the thermostat & coolant will come to.
    The guy also said they shopped around and got the kit from VW not Audi as the Audi kit was the same but almost 3 times the price!
    So far so good, just waiting to pick it up tomorrow lunchtime, so I hope there are no gripes to come.
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    [Nov 1, 2007]
    Well done its so hard finding a garage you trust I’ve tried loads and there’s always a bad story with them all
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    [Nov 2, 2007]
    Nice one, and IMO that's a good price for the cam belt etc.
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    Its reasurring when that happens dude
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    [Nov 2, 2007]
    i thought the vw, skoda, audi coolant was all the same, well the stuff i use on my a4 is, has all the branding on it. i'll check by part numbers on etka tonight, seems strange as the engines are the same.
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    Wierd about the vw/audi parts I work for a seat dealer and the parts all come from the same place be it vw/audi/seat/skoda = VAG. They just look up the codes on ETKA and order through it.

    For instance the fuel filter on my b5 fits many skodas and vws/seats and they all use the same part number, otherwise there would be chaos.

    Least you got a good deal and it will be warrantied.
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    Great to hear you found a good shop, they are few & far between these days :icon_thumright:
    Just make sure the coolant they fill with is G12+. Other stuff don't mix and causes a chemical reaction resulting in what can only be described as baby ***** in your water-works. LOTS of flushes to get that **** out...
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    [Nov 5, 2007]
    I think it's the G12 stuff which is pinky coloured. No signs of **** in there!

    It's all good, got it back Saturday morning, £319 for the lot. Nice people in there, left a couple of advisories and even estimates for them in the car.

    Temp. is bang on 90 deg. now, as with my old one, it used to run a bit cold, especially when coasting down a long hill into Dover docks, on my old one I changed the sensor which made a bit of difference but I think it was the stat too. On this one now, the oil temp gets up to about 90-100, whereas when I bought it it struggled to get to 80, I know the oil cooler is plumped into the water so it makes sense that the water temp was actually low before, in turn affecting the oil temp. Oil Service to be done soon.

    Now to sort the blowing exhaust, CV boot and mystery rattling O/S Front corner.
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    Good that you say nice things about them and had a good experience. But its BS about having to use "Audi" coolant, the G12 pink stuff is as others say what you need and its the same for all the VAG brands.

    But still good anyway
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    Glad you've had good service, though I do find it a bit odd that you (they)didn't attend to a cv boot, if its split it needs to be done straight away, it will get a whole lot worse very quickly and you will probably end up having to change the joint as well ?
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    Sorry but I have to disagree here. There are 3 Audi/VW coolants in use, G11, G12, G12+. G11 & G12 MUST NOT be mixed but G12+ can be mixed with either. Mixing G11 & G12 results in brown floaty lumps like baby poo in your system... Five flushes later and mines still not completely clear of it.
    So to sum up my post, I'd say always make sure it's G12+ you top up/fill with :icon_thumright:
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    er yes but g12 is g12, whether it be from an audi, VW or Skoda dealer. G12+ I have not heard of but will be the same spec accross the vag group.

    These guys are a skoda garage saying the coolant needed to be audi branded coolant, not their skoda stuff!!

    Interestingly, I am in Netherlands this week and g12 is available in all the shell stations over here!
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    Is G12 or G12+ the same stuff as Febi, pink colour, you can buy in Eurocarparts ????
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    [Nov 7, 2007]
    They were instructed not to do anything other than what I asked. I knew about it already and thought the engine stuff more important. I have a Friend with his own local garage for any odds and sods, wanted a dealer to do the belt so as to keep up the receipts / service history.
    Nothing worse than being quoted then going back to "Oh, we thought we'd do this extra work for you sir..."

    Thought the coolant thing odd but to be honest, seeing as the A4, A6, Passat & Octavia all share the AWT engine I have in mine but hey, no drama.
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    Ah yes, sorry mate, I get your point now lol
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    Fair enough, but I would get that boot seen to asap.
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