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Is this a bit pricey? (bushes and cambelt)

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by bargi, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. bargi
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    [Jul 13, 2012]
    Hi All,

    Had the old clunking sounds all over the place so dropped the car off to get the bushes sorted with a local guy and was a bit shocked when I found out the cost, mainly the parts.
    A quick search and the lower front arms I'm seeing from £30-40 OEM! (the itemised price there is ex-vat)

    I also got a quote for some other work to be done including the cambelt change which again doesn't seem all that cheap.
    I called up a regular dealer and Belt and pump change was £520 inc VAT. (realise there's the brake lines, etc to be done as well)

    I mainly went with this guy as I thought it'd be a lot cheaper than going to a dealer but not sure now?
    Would appreciate some input here, maybe I'm just pissed I'm forking out more than two thirds the price of the car on repairs! :)

    Cheers


    [TABLE="width: 500"]

    Rear Axel Bushes
    2
    21.81
    42.36

    Fixings
    1
    8.26
    8.26

    ARB Bushes
    2
    5.44
    10.88

    Clamps
    2
    7.21
    14.42

    Fixings
    1
    12.10
    12.10

    Lower Front Arms
    2
    66.51
    133.02

    Fixings
    1
    13.08
    13.08

    ARB Links
    2
    13.96
    27.92



    Labour 7hrs
    175.00



    Parts
    262.04



    Sub Total
    437.04



    VAT
    87.41



    Total
    524.45
    [/TABLE]

    [TABLE="width: 500"]

    Repair kit
    1
    101.06
    101.06

    Belt tensioning damper
    1
    86.54
    86.54

    Water pump
    1
    37.40
    37.40

    Flexi brake hose
    2
    44.19
    44.19

    Brake fluid
    1
    7.50
    7.50



    Labour 5.5hrs
    137.50



    Parts
    311.01



    Total
    448.50



    Inc VAT
    538.20

    [/TABLE]
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  3. Dan-Jnr
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    [Jul 13, 2012]
    Audi's aren't cheap to maintain.
    That guy will be cheaper on labour than Audi.
    Where is he supplying the parts from?
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    Sevv Pushing the limits..

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    you do know you can get powerflex bushes which are betterfor the same price if not cheaper like a full kit for 262 pounds your timming belt water pump should cost mroe then 100 pounds too mate talk to awesome gti seriously lol and check out Integrated engineering
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    vrbob Thats no Moon, Thats a space station!

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    [Jul 13, 2012]
    Yup as above i got a full powerflex bush kit for about £260 inc P+P off ebay so if you can get that lot fitted for under £200 your doing well and it will massively improve the handling of your car. Dont forget to also budget for a full wheel alignment after the fitting cos it will be well out after thay have taken it apart to fit the new bushes.
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    bez101 Yorkshire & Humber Rep. Regional Rep VCDS Map User

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    good labour price tho
    7 hrs @ £174 good
    iv just had belt kit stat and water pump G12 etc
    fitted to my 2.0 TDI £200 all in
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    s33nyboy12 Well-Known Member

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    As above. Cheap labour, very cheap.
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    [Jul 13, 2012]
    £25 quid an hour
    what garage is it
    ask what his hr rate is if you supply the parts
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    Where is this garage ? I'm going to use him!

    Cheapest garage near me is £45 an hour plus vat!!!!
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    Welcome to the four ring club - where your main ring get regularly loosened!
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    [Jul 16, 2012]
    Cheers for the comments.

    I went OEM on the bushes because this is my commuting car and the roads around London are ****e.
    I want the A3 to waft me on a cloud to work :D

    He's is currently working from his house at the moment which is why the labour rate is so low, currently sorting a workshop though.

    Don't get me wrong he's a great guy, I just was a bit put off with the prices for parts, after all it's just a Golf underneath! ;)

    He's based around Guildford/Woking, if you want his details PM me and I'll send them over.
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    aragorn "Stick a V8 in it!" Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    [Jul 16, 2012]
    The parts seem OTT to me.

    A full contitech belt kit, WITH damper, is about 100quid, and hes charged you £220...

    The prices all look like full retail Audi prices, rather than OEM.
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