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sazpot
Old 20-09-2009, 10:09 AM
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Default Ford Fiesta Major Service

Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows of a good (cheap) company to use for a Major Service on a Ford Fiesta (old style 02 reg)? The main dealer and my local garage both quote circa £280-£300 (I am in Hampshire). I don't have £300 to spare!

I have seen loads of online places who claim to pick your car up and do a major service for under £200, has any one used any of them?

How do you know what a 'Major Service' should include? My car has done 60,000 miles and hasn't had a service for 18months and only had a value (£99 main dealer) service last time. The book says it should have had a Major Service at 6 years (last year).

Thanks for any help!

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Old 20-09-2009, 10:12 AM
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If you don't have £300 to spare what are you going to do if your car need parts?

Personally I suggest you ask friends and colleagues in your local area, as they are likely to know a mechanic who is a good one but is independent and not VAT registered.
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Old 20-09-2009, 1:47 PM
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If it's at 60,000 miles, you probably need a timing belt. So basically if you don't have the service at £300 plus parts, you could be looking at having to fork out for a new car if the belt breaks. If it does, it'll wreck the engine.

If the service should have been done last year, it's pretty urgent!
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Old 20-09-2009, 2:01 PM
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That's inaccurate information. Timing belt is 10 years or 100,000 miles.

In all honesty the lack of a full service history on a 7 year old fiesta won't impact on it's value, so you'd almost be throwing your money away.

Are you car savvy at all ? With a few simple tools you can do most of your servicing yourself - filters, spark plugs, oil, fluids etc

Consider taking your car anywhere that will do a check and report for free on other aspects of the car (ie brakes, exhaust) to find out if there is anything obviously worn out on the car.
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Old 20-09-2009, 2:40 PM
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That's inaccurate information. Timing belt is 10 years or 100,000 miles.
It's not inaccurate. It's perfectly true. Timing belts generally need changing around the 60,000 mile mark. Take a look on Google and you'll see.

This source shows exactly that. There is only 1 model that lasts to 60,000, the rest at 60,000 or below.

Why else would they say it needed a major service otherwise? The timing belt needs changing.
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Old 20-09-2009, 2:56 PM
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I'm not really fussed what about.com has to say - it's Ford who say 100,000 miles or 10 years. Furthermore, timing belt changing is not part of a major service.

Here's a link to a ford dealer http://www.jennings-ford.co.uk/servi...iew.aspx?sb=91

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Old 20-09-2009, 3:05 PM
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Timing belt changes vary hugely on different cars - but most, as said before are around 60k or five years. Even if mine was 100k or 10 years, there is no way I would leave it anywhere near that long.

OP, it is false economy to not have your car serviced. £300 is alot for a service on a Fiesta, I would've thought nearer to £200 for a major one. It is hard if you don't have alot of cash but the longer you leave it, the more problems you could end up with which could cost you even more money.

Ask friends, neighbours, colleagues who they use and why, word of mouth is often the best way to find a good garage.

And DO NOT use those people you found who come and collect your car! They do not tell the whole truth re final cost and you have no idea what garage they will take your car to.

You could try googling independent Ford specialist. Shame you are not near me, we have a good one near us.
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I'm not really fussed what about.com has to say - it's Ford who say 100,000 miles or 10 years. Furthermore, timing belt changing is not part of a major service.

Here's a link to a ford dealer http://www.jennings-ford.co.uk/servi...iew.aspx?sb=91
Worries me that...........

My previous Focus was on 100k/10 years. My present Focus is 60k/5 years - best that the OP checks their own service book to see what schedule their Fiesta is on.

IS200's were 100k but have now been changed to 60k, as the tensioners were giving out before then. The parts are still exactly the same on the later ones as the early ones. Better to be safe than sorry...

Don't expect the manufacturer to pay for the repairs - the customers had to pick up the bill, which was not cheap...
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I'm not going to disagree with you. There's no value in getting your timing belt changed until the day before it snaps - of course you've got no idea which day that'll happen, so best to change ahead of schedule. I'm merely quoting the manufacturers published recommendations.
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Old 20-09-2009, 7:13 PM
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a major service wont include a timing belt change any way, so it would be a further £180 to change the belt.
a full major service at an independant would be likely to cover all filters,oil,coolant and brake fluid changed (as per fords recommendations) all brakes visually checked, ie wheels off front and rear with the rear drums off and rear shoes cleaned and adjusted.
a full visual check of all steering and suspension components and engine and exhaust mounts.
the rest of the stuff thats contained withing these cheap "£99 services" like all lights visually checked and screen wash topped up,ash tray emptied etc... are the real waste of money i would say. most folk can do that themselves.

£250 -£300 for a good full service would be money well spent,your fiesta only has 60,000 miles on it, that isnt very much for an 02 plate.
the timing belt for the fiesta is more than likely to be every 100,000 miles or 10 years,which ever is sooner. my focus has the same interval, but for peace of mind i done mine at half that, it was 5 years old with 50,000 miles on it.
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Fords tend to be pretty good on cam belt life, if it says 100,000, you have a good chance of making that - unlike Vauxhalls !
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Fords tend to be pretty good on cam belt life, if it says 100,000, you have a good chance of making that - unlike Vauxhalls !
You'd think that of Lexus too.............
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Old 20-09-2009, 9:02 PM
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It's a rubber belt. It may last ten years, it may last fifteen if you're lucky. It may go tomorrow.
So you may be wasting £180 if you do it every five years rather than ten, or you could leave it and scrap the car if it goes.
I change any of mine at 60,000, or 5 years, or as per the manufacturer if it's less.
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Try Tremona in Southampton. I have my 56 Focus serviced there. Excellent people who know their stuff. Ford trained technicians who don't rip you off.

My services have cost me about 75% of the local Hendy Stealership.Full service stamp. Even though it is an extra 30 minutes drive for me(from Portsmouth) I don't mind. My last service (50,000 which I forgot to sort out sooner) I booked on the Thursday and they squeezed me in on the Monday first thing before anything else they had on.

And no I don't work there.........lol

Anyway, it's worth a call

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Old 21-09-2009, 9:32 PM
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Hi, thanks for the helpful comments people

I have always taken it to the main Ford dealer since new and had any anything they have suggested done to it which has occasionalluy resulted in VERY high bills. Last year was the first time I wandered from the handbook instructions and as it was under 50,000 they said it shouldn't be a problem to put off the Major Service, it is actually only on 58,000 miles now and I was wrong yesterday, I had an interim service not a value one.

I know the importance of having my car serviced and I have been a little side tracked this year, buying your first property and looming redundancies aren't a good mix!
I shouldn't have said I couldn't afford it, I can find the money if I need to, I just thought £300 was a high starting point and did not want to call other garages until I understand what needs to be included in the service.

I have tried asking at work and someone is going to try and find out where the company cars are taken.

Thanks, Sarah
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Go for it Sarah...!

May be you can get a good deal with the company cars. I think £300 is high, Ford parts are very reasonable. Did you try googling for a Ford independent in your area? Although I always think word of mouth is the best way to find a garage that you can trust.
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Old 21-09-2009, 10:23 PM
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Fordwise in Southampton its pretty much all Hendys with sites in Shirley Road, and Chandlers Ford. Sparshatts in Botley is now a Ford authorised repairer and have been for a couple of years but their prices are pretty similar.

There are a few smaller Ford dealers worth trying Rayco of Romsey springs to mind. Previous poster mentioned Tremona in Southampton.

Tremona applied to become Ford authorised a few years ago but were not accepted (due to political reasons) but the team down there are top notch when it comes to Fords. They tend to specialise in older and american cars from memory and couldnt believe they were not signed up.

Another option is call Keith Motors down in Christchurch. See if they still do their GOLD service for 3 year plus cars - ask to speak to the service manager explain your situation and am sure they will do something for you.


In terms of quality all the hampshire Ford dealers are pretty good service wise, problem as you highlighted is price. Hendys have the factory on the doorstep so presume most people get a nice discount so can set the price at the upper end.

A good independent will be able to do a major service on your fiesta with a blindfold on as its straightforward stuff.
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Sorry just read previous comment. Be aware that Ford garages tend to issue advisories for anything that may need doing prior to next service. This is to ensure they highlight everything but it doesnt mean it all needs to be done now.

Often these things will continue quite happily for a year (often longer) but they are making you aware of them.

Tyres for example will get an advisory when they hit 5mm. Doesnt mean they need changing. Worth bearing that in mind.
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