Battery:- Are they taking the piddle?

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  1. Biggles

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    I had some warranty work done at my local Fiat (s)dealer. They diagnosed without me asking that the start battery was past its best which I kinda suspected and quoted me £262.48 + Vat but, and get this, FREE FITTING! and 3 year warranty.

    Do they think I fell of a rock somewhere? So I did a quick ebay search and found a Varta battery with 5 year warranty for £78.00 delivered. Sadly no free fitting but I think I can spare 20 minutes.

    How often do they get away with this blatant legalised theft? Who the hell falls for it?
    :Doh:
     
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  2. Snowbird

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    They get away with it far to often :Angry:. I didn't pay that for a bank of 3 110 amp leisure batteries.
     
  3. TheBig1

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    the quoted price for battery and free fitting is way beyond a ripoff. personally i would change it myself after having a quality battery delivered. dont forget though that its not that easy a job on the new shape ducato. the batteries are heavy and you will have to disconnect cables and lift out and back into the floor of the cab. if you still have the fiat radio, it will need recoding to work

    i believe there was a good how to post written on here by techno100 including photos. would be worth reviewing before tackling the job

    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/tech-mech-general/78883-x250-cab-battery-change-pictures.html
    here it is
     
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  4. Biggles

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    Really? A photo "how to" change a battery?

    What next a "how to" release the hand brake?

    :Sad:
     
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  5. TheBig1

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    I had no intention of appearing condescending with my post. you may well be capable of changing a heavy battery and know which bolts to remove or slacken, but to many people its something they have never attempted before. as a general rule when responding to technical posts i try to ensure that as much info as possible is made available. this is to help the person asking the question and any other people that want to learn how to do something but may not want to ask.

    yes photos of changing a battery as some people have no idea even where it is, being under a bolted down cover in the floor of the cab they've never seen it
     
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    The screws on the fuse plate could quite easily catch someone out
     
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  7. Biggles

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    It was not a pop at you. I am really disgusted that dealers can rape people with such ease.

    If they had said to me a new battery is £78 and we charge £20 to fit it I would probably think OK £20 for 1/3 hours work is fine. Lets face it this sort of job is not going to be given to the top mechanic, more likely a trainee who will earn £20 a day.

    OK I can fit it but for £20 I think OK just do it, I can't be bothered.
     
  8. MHVirgins

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    Thanks for the photos. I certainly found them very helpful!:thumb:

    Bill
     
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    Seems quite reasonable to me, you get to sit on leather sofa, have a choice of the broadsheets to read, get to watch loads of back office staff walking around looking busy, a large TV on BBC news and of course a FREE coffee :thumb:
     
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    Go to the naughty step !!

    What a condescending post !! :Angry: We are not all ace mechanics like you son !!:Rofl1:
     
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  11. Techno

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    Some X250 owners think their battery is under the bonnet :Rofl1: or have no idea where it is.
    BTW I would upgrade to the 110ah VARTA :thumb: I paid £95.50 delivered.
     
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    Don't think that's called for Biggles. You might of not climbed out from under a rock but you might be suprised at how many funsters would not know the simplicity of changing a battery. Someone has gone and put the time and effort in to explaining it and comments like yours might deter others from doing so.

    Any how, as said, it ain't completely straight forward and I had to search the internet to find the bloody battery. Ive been working on cars most of my life and was amazed at what I was welcomed with when I took the battery cover off.


    Highlighting the post like the Big1 has may just serve many other members from being ripped off.


    Now, as soon as I find the my camera, the next thread I start will be how to remove your handbrake :Wink:
     
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    Sometimes answers, advice, instructions may seem a bit simple but as is seen on a regular basis on fun some folks need advice for what others consider a very simple task
    Dave
     
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    I was going to post some helpful advice till I read his condescending reply.
    Some folk deserve to be ripped off :Angry:
     
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    Just had a new battery fitted on my Transit based van,,I know its a simpler job than a Fiat but £75 ,,job done. BUSBY:Smile:
     
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    Personally I would think twice about changing the battery on my MH myself,not because I don't know how simply because of the weight of it and the difficulty of lifting the old one out and the new one in, I have Merc sprinter and the battery would need to be lifted to shoulder level then almost held at arms length,think I would rather pay for someone else to get the Hernia!
     
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    Maybe I'll do the pollen filter next that's a doddle too:Laughing:
     
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    Quite a lot I would imagine as many people have no idea and trust these clowns.
    I phoned Hymer UK for a rear light as I cracked one. They quoted £240 plus told me it was a 3 hour workshop job at £ 70 per hour as special tools were required so total £450 + vat :Eeek:
    Being a notorious tight git I got one from Caravan Components £32 delivered next day complete with new bulbs and spent about 5 minutes fitting it myself with my specialist tools a phillips screwdriver. :Doh:
     
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    Actually, releasing the handbrake can be quite tricky sometimes - especially if you have short arms. There have been some very useful threads about handbrake extenders. :Wink:
     
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    You're not married then? :Wink:
     
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