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post #14626 of 15712
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Originally Posted by horndog View Post

I gotta imagine that any LR speciality shop in the area has the requisite equipment. From a quick Google search, you might want to look into these guys:

1) http://www.yelp.com/biz/british-unlimited-spring

2) http://www.yelp.com/biz/motorcars-houston-8

Damn, that 2nd one is less than a mile from where I'm sitting right now! Thanks for the suggestions, I willl look into this (sounds like I'm gonna need new brakes soon). LOL
post #14627 of 15712
+1 on the indie shops.

I took my M5 to an indie mechanic who specialized in BMWs back in Dallas. Labor rates were about 25% lower and parts were roughly the same cost.

That said, I had the assurance that he wasn't dicking me around. He also drove an E60 M5 so that was reassuring to know that he was working on my car.

The only times I took my car to the stealership were for a taillight recall and to get my oil topped off. Topping off my oil was complimentary, which was nice.
Edited by GreenFrog - 8/29/14 at 10:37am
post #14628 of 15712
I would say that at this moment the biggest obstacle to me getting that Explorer is service. I checked it out Service when I was there last weekend, and let's just say, I do not want to ever spend time there. MB is five minutes from my office, LR was along the way, and spending 10 minutes to drop a car off and then drive away in a (semi) decent loaner is a huge plus.
post #14629 of 15712
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Originally Posted by Find Finn View Post

It costs extra I believe for the on location service.

Most high end dealerships and shops will come pick up and deliver your car back to you.

Yes, the ranger service is extra. I think they're adding a valet service for free like you mentioned. I don't think any of my local dealers offer valet service or I would be all over it.

One of my prime directives is to eliminate or minimize errands so I generally don't do any. Taking the cars in for service is one of the last that I've yet to eliminate and would be great to knock off. Car dealers seem to trigger a lot of my pet peeves (a favorite is when they ask me how much I can afford when they should be asking how much I'm willing to spend).
post #14630 of 15712
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

I would say that at this moment the biggest obstacle to me getting that Explorer is service. I checked it out Service when I was there last weekend, and let's just say, I do not want to ever spend time there. MB is five minutes from my office, LR was along the way, and spending 10 minutes to drop a car off and then drive away in a (semi) decent loaner is a huge plus.

Jesus, how often are you dropping off your car for service that this is a major obstacle?
post #14631 of 15712
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

Jesus, how often are you dropping off your car for service that this is a major obstacle?

There are four scheduled maintenance visits during the term of the lease, and given it's a Ford, it will be safe to assume at least two unscheduled. That's six days dealing with Ford service and the people that hang out in their waiting room. You go deal with that. It will also completely disrupt my workday.
post #14632 of 15712
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

There are four scheduled maintenance visits during the term of the lease, and given it's a Ford, it will be safe to assume at least two unscheduled. That's six days dealing with Ford service and the people that hang out in their waiting room. You go deal with that. It will also completely disrupt my workday.

We're talking about six days through the span of, what, 36 months?

I find it hard to believe that just because it's not MB, Ford wouldn't be able to get you in and out within 10 minutes, loaner in tow.

Also, most dealerships are open on weekends, which should help you out considerably with the not-getting-your-workday-disrupted part.
post #14633 of 15712
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

We're talking about six days through the span of, what, 36 months?

I find it hard to believe that just because it's not MB, Ford wouldn't be able to get you in and out within 10 minutes, loaner in tow.

Also, most dealerships are open on weekends, which should help you out considerably with the not-getting-your-workday-disrupted part.

To start off with, Ford does not offer loaners, complimentary or otherwise. They will shuttle you to a nearby car rental company though. So, waiting for the shuttle, to get to stand in line (again) at the rental company....which does not open anywhere the 7am I drop my car at....is not a 10 minute routine.

Also, why would I want to deal with service on a weekend and I can currently make a 10 minute detour to work and just go pick it up on the way home.
post #14634 of 15712
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Originally Posted by Find Finn View Post

It costs extra I believe for the on location service.

Most high end dealerships and shops will come pick up and deliver your car back to you.

don't even need to go really high end for that. my bmw dealer will pick up, leave a loaner and deliver the vehicle back within a 50 mile radius.
post #14635 of 15712
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

To start off with, Ford does not offer loaners, complimentary or otherwise. They will shuttle you to a nearby car rental company though. So, waiting for the shuttle, to get to stand in line (again) at the rental company....which does not open anywhere the 7am I drop my car at....is not a 10 minute routine.

Also, why would I want to deal with service on a weekend and I can currently make a 10 minute detour to work and just go pick it up on the way home.

Ah, did not know Ford does not offer complimentary loaners. My bad.

I guess you're fucked!

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post #14636 of 15712
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

To start off with, Ford does not offer loaners, complimentary or otherwise. They will shuttle you to a nearby car rental company though. So, waiting for the shuttle, to get to stand in line (again) at the rental company....which does not open anywhere the 7am I drop my car at....is not a 10 minute routine.

Also, why would I want to deal with service on a weekend and I can currently make a 10 minute detour to work and just go pick it up on the way home.
My MB was serviced today. It took about 3 minutes to drop the car off and leave in a loaner, a ML350 with only 25 miles on it. Pick up took about 4 minutes.

I often think about trading my daily for other brands, but the impeccable and very convenient MB service I've received in recent years keep me returning to MB. I had a Navigator several years ago and the service experience was horrible. No loaners, long waits, and a crappy product. Only kept that one a year.
post #14637 of 15712
Got a black 2010 Mazda3 GT 2.5L with 38,000km for under $15, 000 CDN. Today was a good day. Drives better than a '91 accord.
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^^^Good deal. Enjoy!!!
post #14639 of 15712
Amazing weather. Went for a drive. It was great.
post #14640 of 15712

^ Me too. In the '69 911. Had the soft window out which gives unrestricted "ear access" to that glorious flat six sound. Posts like this demand a pic and I forgot to take one ...

 

Mike

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