Ducato First/2yr Service - recommendations?

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  1. maz

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    With the van coming up to 2 years old in April I thought I'd start looking into getting its first service done in March. That way if they find anything else wrong it's still under warranty for repairs.

    Was considering getting it done at a Fiat Commercial garage I know in Worcester on my way south (they've done recall and warranty work for me), but the price quoted of £320 plus an extra £50 for changing the brake fluid has put me off somewhat! :Eeek:

    So can anyone recommend a good (and less expensive) garage in either the Wrexham/Shrewsbury area (where I am at the moment) or Cheltenham/Worcester area (where I'll be heading around 20th March)? They'll need to be able to accommodate an 8m 5 ton van.

    And is the mentioned £100 cost of the oil alone true for all suitable replacement oils or just the branded Fiat one? :wub:
     
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    Should have had the oil changed last year.

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  3. maz

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    Not according to Fiat.
     
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  4. WillH

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    Its a diesel engine, even if it's hardly been run its always best to change the oil at least annually.

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  5. maz

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    Thank you for your opinion but I shall be sticking with the Fiat requirement/recommendation.

    From the Fiat website:

    Remember that the service coupon must be carried out every 30,000 miles. If you do not do many miles a year, we recommend that you change the oil every two years. To keep your warranty valid, you do not need to have your motorhome serviced at the end of its first year of life, unless you have already completed the mileage specified for a service. Use only the recommended engine oil, Selenia WR, or an equivalent SAE 5W-30 oil that conforms to ACEA C2 standard.

    I am far more interested in locating a recommended garage in either the Wrexham/Shrewsbury or Cheltenham/Worcester areas than turning this thread into a debate on annual/biannual oil changes - I am sure that's already been done to death in other threads. :RollEyes:
     
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    I live in Chester and take my motorhome to Stewart Burrows Llanfynydd Tel 01352 770472, one of the few garages around here that can MOT commercial vehicles.:thumb:
     
  7. maz

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    Thank you for that. A bit further southwest than I was hoping but I've made a note of him for future travels. :Smile:

    Ignore that bit. Must be two Llanfynydds - google maps sent me to Carmarthenshire but that doesn't tie in with an 01352 number. :doh:
     
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    Blimey, that's a surprise, but if Fiat say so, then who's to argue :Smile:

    Still, I always change oil every year or 10,000 miles, just to be safe :Wink:

    And every 2,000 miles in the bike :Smile:
     
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    Maz,

    Stewart Burrows mechanical engineers.jpg


    Hope this helps.
     
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    I bite the bullet and paid Fiat.... :Doh: £425...

    Van was 2 years old back in January and at least for the first one I thought it best as there is still a 1 year warrentee in place... As per Fiats own guideline on these new engines, 25,000km or 2 years.... There is NO stipulation on a first year service.

    They do specify the brake fluid change, an independant Fiat specialist in Stoke actually quoted me as much as Fiat.. They priced all the correct parts, oils etc and with slightly lower labour costs but longer travelling distance it make sense to go with my local Fiat place..

    Sorry cant help on a recommendation for cheaper, just though I would reply with how I had approached it..
     
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  11. maz

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    Thanks for that Phil. Oh those Welsh place names! :RollEyes::BigGrin:
     
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  12. maz

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    I'm just not good at biting bullets - especially ones costing as much as that. :BigGrin:
     
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    I just used the Motorhome Depot in Redditch to get the tracking done on my van, they had 4 other vans in for servicing at the same time. Just moved from Redditch centre to new premises on an industrial estate with ease of access and large service bays. Just Motorhomes I think.

    Bartleet Road, Redditch, B98 0DG Tel 01527 60047.

    This is about a 10minute drive off junction 3 of the M42, so not far off the M5.
    There is a nice walk across the fields to the Arrow Valley, a couple getting a habitation check went off with their dog while I was there.
     
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    Yes, I always have to consider the dog - one of the reasons I like the Fiat Commercial garage in Worcester - right by footpath along the river. :Smile:
     
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    Until last week, that would have been the footpath under the river....:Smile:
     
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    That would be true. Of course rumour has it that some Funsters can walk on water ......... :BigGrin:
     
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    Read the Fiat handbook!!
     
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    I have read the Fiat manual, I also worked on diesel engines for over 25 years.

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    I have a Citroen Relay, which also has a 2 year servicing period - perhaps all the Sevel factory vans do? The guy who serviced mine said it was a Ford engine... Not sure how correct that was!!!

    Maz - you may be interested to read this thread on outandaboutlive - a bit old but may be relevant

    Catherine
     
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    Personally I couldn`t care less what is stated in the Fiat manual or what the Fiat service centre advised.
    As oils are hydroscopic and motorhomes are generally only used for shorter journeys between stops and a low mileage over the year, so the engines are heating up and cooling down etc etc, all of which generates condensation within the engine block.

    So I change the engine oil in all our vehicles a minimum of once a year and twice a year in my motorbike.
    [FONT=&quot]Clean engine oil ensures a clean engine, will help keep the injectors clean and give a longer life to glow plugs and that equals longevity and more trouble free motoring.:thumb:[/FONT]
     
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