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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

    bargi New Member

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    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


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    [TR]
    [TD]Rear Axel Bushes[/TD]
    [TD]2[/TD]
    [TD]21.81[/TD]
    [TD]42.36[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Fixings[/TD]
    [TD]1[/TD]
    [TD]8.26[/TD]
    [TD]8.26[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]ARB Bushes[/TD]
    [TD]2[/TD]
    [TD]5.44[/TD]
    [TD]10.88[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Clamps[/TD]
    [TD]2[/TD]
    [TD]7.21[/TD]
    [TD]14.42[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Fixings[/TD]
    [TD]1[/TD]
    [TD]12.10[/TD]
    [TD]12.10[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Lower Front Arms[/TD]
    [TD]2[/TD]
    [TD]66.51[/TD]
    [TD]133.02[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Fixings[/TD]
    [TD]1[/TD]
    [TD]13.08[/TD]
    [TD]13.08[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]ARB Links[/TD]
    [TD]2[/TD]
    [TD]13.96[/TD]
    [TD]27.92[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]Labour 7hrs[/TD]
    [TD]175.00[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]Parts[/TD]
    [TD]262.04[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]Sub Total[/TD]
    [TD]437.04[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]VAT[/TD]
    [TD]87.41[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]Total[/TD]
    [TD]524.45[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]

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    [TD]Repair kit[/TD]
    [TD]1[/TD]
    [TD]101.06[/TD]
    [TD]101.06[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Belt tensioning damper[/TD]
    [TD]1[/TD]
    [TD]86.54[/TD]
    [TD]86.54[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Water pump[/TD]
    [TD]1[/TD]
    [TD]37.40[/TD]
    [TD]37.40[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Flexi brake hose[/TD]
    [TD]2[/TD]
    [TD]44.19[/TD]
    [TD]44.19[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Brake fluid[/TD]
    [TD]1[/TD]
    [TD]7.50[/TD]
    [TD]7.50[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]Labour 5.5hrs[/TD]
    [TD]137.50[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]Parts[/TD]
    [TD]311.01[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]Total[/TD]
    [TD]448.50[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]Inc VAT[/TD]
    [TD]538.20
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
     
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  3. Dan-Jnr

    Dan-Jnr Well-Known Member

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    Audi's aren't cheap to maintain.
    That guy will be cheaper on labour than Audi.
    Where is he supplying the parts from?
     
  4. Sevv

    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
     
  5. vrbob

    vrbob Thats no Moon, Thats a space station!

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    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.
     
  6. hades-

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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
     
  7. s33nyboy12

    s33nyboy12 Well-Known Member

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    As above. Cheap labour, very cheap.
     
  8. hades-

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    £25 quid an hour
    what garage is it
    ask what his hr rate is if you supply the parts
     
  9. s33nyboy12

    s33nyboy12 Well-Known Member

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    Where is this garage ? I'm going to use him!

    Cheapest garage near me is £45 an hour plus vat!!!!
     
  10. Nogmeister

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    Welcome to the four ring club - where your main ring get regularly loosened!
     
  11. bargi

    bargi New Member

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    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.
     
  12. aragorn

    aragorn "Stick a V8 in it!"
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    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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