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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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    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


    [TABLE="width: 500"]
    [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]

    [TABLE="width: 500"]
    [TR]
    [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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  2. Dan-Jnr
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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?
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  3. Sevv
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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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    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

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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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    As above. Cheap labour, very cheap.
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  7. bez101
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    bez101 Yorkshire & Humber Rep. Regional Rep

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    £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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  10. bargi
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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.
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    aragorn "Stick a V8 in it!" Staff Member Moderator

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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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