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Thread: Service and running costs Merc vs Jag.

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    Thing is they aren't that expensive to buy, A ss commodore of Ford SV is a comparable price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jakewire View Post
    Thing is they aren't that expensive to buy, A ss commodore of Ford SV is a comparable price.
    I'd personally go the Commode Door or Falcon. Everyone I come across with European vehicles is having nothing but issues and when they do it is difficult and expensive to get them repaired. A good idea is to check used vehicles of comparable age and see what sort of mileage is typical on them. If they are any good they will, generally, be out there clocking up the k's. A lot of the Euro stuff doesn't seem to clock up big k's, but the Just Holden' On's and Fix Or Repair Daily's do.

    Like that classic old Landie stalwart's. I'd often hear how they were 30 years old and still going. Mainly because they couldn't be kept running long enough to clock up the k's and wear out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jakewire View Post
    Thing is they aren't that expensive to buy, A ss commodore of Ford SV is a comparable price.
    There's a reason for that. That's why we have 4 broken Rangies sitting at work, luring in further Euro crap.
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    Anyone would think no one in Europe ever went anywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwijames View Post
    Anyone would think no one in Europe ever went anywhere.
    Average lifespan of a car in UK is 7 years. These things aren't designed to last more than 10 years.
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    No shit, we actively hide Saabs. As soon as one is sitting outside, another twerp in a flat cap trots in and declares "ah I see you work on Saabs, I have a..." And we all die inside
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    Volvos awd have been notorious for having a lot of gear box problems. Not sure if they are fixed now. A mate was looking at buying one and went back to a Subaru .
    There is a big turn over of cars in U.K. As lot of the market is company cars for lease that then go onto the market after a few years.
    And a lot of the old ones are rusting out with the salt put on the roads in winter.

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    What every you get see if you can get your own diagnostics tool, they can be surprisingly inexpensive and save you a tonne of money.
    Read any fault codes that cone up, Google them, then tell your mechanic what to look at.
    That way you can fix faults before the become problems, and if you do have problems can fix it right the first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy View Post
    There's a reason for that. That's why we have 4 broken Rangies sitting at work, luring in further Euro crap.
    Out of interest, what model/age Range Rovers cause you the most grief?
    My brother in law has recently bought a 2007 L332 Supercharged, got a 3 year mechanical warranty with it. Saying that hasn't had an issue yet.

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    What's a flat lander

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    Euros of that era had biodegradable wiring looms for "environmental" reasons. Merc's and beemers were the worst. Sooner or later they all fall apart and only to fix is complete rewire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cambo View Post
    Euros of that era had biodegradable wiring looms for "environmental" reasons. Merc's and beemers were the worst. Sooner or later they all fall apart and only to fix is complete rewire.
    Oh dear, that's not good.
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    I've been through a fair number of Euros including some rocketships, and my strong advise is to avoid owning anything outside of warranty. All the main German marques have parts that warm up at $1K, then there's the labour rates..
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    after watching b in law work on an audi in his workshop,charged $900 for an engine swap and later said it was to cheap I wouldn't buy anything like them and his charge out rate is only $40 an hour so that can give you an idea on costs of labour.

 

 

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