£215 for 3 yr Ducato service - Reasonable? (1 Viewer)

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Lizbiebrowne

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I took my Fiat Ducato PVC for its first MOT this morning (independent local garage, cost £45). While there, I asked about a service on the van, 36 months' old, 15000 miles. I was quoted £215 for an oil change and oil filter and air filter renewal. Is that reasonable and is it enough (brake fluid changed 12 months ago)?
 

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I took my Fiat Ducato PVC for its first MOT this morning (independent local garage, cost £45). While there, I asked about a service on the van, 36 months' old, 15000 miles. I was quoted £215 for an oil change and oil filter and air filter renewal. Is that reasonable and is it enough (brake fluid changed 12 months ago)?
What sort of oil were your local garage using ? That seems extremely cheap .
 
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In my opinion and our garage because of the low mileage per year the engine would probably benefit greatly with an oil and filter change yearly.
I would say the price quoted is fair if genuine or at least very good quality filters and oils are used.
 
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Lizbiebrowne

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Only need a service every two years, our local independant charge around £130 for a light service and before Swifter says anything, yes with the correct grade fully synthetic oil.
What happens during a "light service"?

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Liz, was it serviced at 2 years? If so then there's no need to do it again as, going by the mileage, it's doing sufficient each year to not need it IMV.
 
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If that's using synthetic oil and fiat filters then yes it's a good price. Assume they check other things also like brakes etc.as part of the service.
 
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FIAT (Selena) oil change plus FIAT oil filter change £324 incl VAT at North East Truck and Van. Yes, that oil and filter only.

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Only need a service every two years, our local independant charge around £130 for a light service and before Swifter says anything, yes with the correct grade fully synthetic oil.
£130 is more realistic. £45 for 5 litres of oil , filter and labour seems a little cheap to me .

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Sorry I’ve completely miss read the thread 😂

£45 for MOT not a service 😂🥴🥴
 
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Lizbiebrowne

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Liz, was it serviced at 2 years? If so then there's no need to do it again as, going by the mileage, it's doing sufficient each year to not need it IMV.
Yes, serviced at 24 months (but not at 12 months). I read differing opinions on here as to the virtue or otherwise of servicing every 12 months rather then the recommended 24 months. Do I want to take the chance?
 

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I had to show my motor factors the handbook to prove I needed 0-40 fully sinth. He wanted me to use 5-40. Very expensive though £50+ for 5ltr.

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Yes, serviced at 24 months (but not at 12 months). I read differing opinions on here as to the virtue or otherwise of servicing every 12 months rather then the recommended 24 months. Do I want to take the chance?
Heres a question 2 identical low mileage vans for sale one oil change every year tother "book says every 30000 miles or 2 years" which do you buy.
 
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To be honest would bother me modern engines with modern oils don't need the oil changing every year, only old farts stuck in the past think they do.:giggle:
The problem with modern ester based oils they have to be used and stirred regularly (once a month at least) or they settle out to an acid base that cause real damage if left 6 months then run once before changing the oil. (best change oil before starting) The absolute best advice is to do 1000 per month if you can.
 
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I drive a 64 plate ducato for my work and was told service every 2 years or 30000 whicj comes first and belt at 5 years from my local fiat garage so is this correct or just your own choice....?
 

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I drive a 64 plate ducato for my work and was told service every 2 years or 30000 whicj comes first and belt at 5 years from my local fiat garage so is this correct or just your own choice....?
That's correct, according to Fiat you only service it more regularly if you go over that mileage or do very low miles.
 

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The problem with modern ester based oils they have to be used and stirred regularly (once a month at least) or they settle out to an acid base that cause real damage if left 6 months then run once before changing the oil. (best change oil before starting)
That's interesting, can you point to your source of information as I'd like to read more about this.

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