- Jul 31, 2016
The Suzuki Ignis gets a facelift.
Dealerships (service) are overpriced and no guarantee they'd do a good job...more than likely they'll recommend you replacing parts you don't need, etc. A few years ago I had a wheezing noise every time I stepped on the gas and I just couldn't find what it was. A short trip to Auto 2000 later, after waiting for a good hour, a mechanic told me something was wrong with the 'turbo'...involving a replacement part that would've cost me 17 million...but he might be able to 'help' find a refurbished part for around 14-15 mill. Thanks but no thanks. Took it to a mechanic that usually changes my oil, and he took it for a drive with me.....went back to his shop, told me to step on the gas while he listened...told me to go to an exhaust shop....turned out there was a bit of rusted/corroded area in my exhaust. No 17 million parts needed.I doubt there would be much of a saving but think a dealership would charge more than your everyday mechanic.
Unless you know a mechanic that you know you can trust, one who cares & has pride in his work I think the main reason for doing it yourself is that at least you know the job has been done properly, I've lost count of the number of times I've seen mechanics screw up the little things & this includes dealerships.
I know it's a bit off topic but have any of you guys tried changing your own fluids and plugs here? Is there much of a savings versus the dealership? My dad always had me "assist" his maintenance since I was a kid. Doesn't take long, but I don't want to do it just for fun.
Some of my experience in Indonesia;
So @HappyMan, if you can DIY, it will save you money and troubles.
- Tire Repair Shop over-inflating tires – this happen quite often, your driver brings your car to a tire repair shop because your car’s tire looks under-inflated, a worker pumps air using something with a gauge, the driver returns and you think it’s OK now, then you measure the pressure yourself, and get shocked as it is now over-inflated by 30% to 100% (twice the maximum amount). Next time, you instruct the driver to watch the pressure gauge, sometimes it’s OK, sometimes it’s still way above the recommended pressure. It’s a hit and miss thing if you must depend on a driver.
- Valve Stem Cap missing – other times, it must have happened more than once, the car returned from a tire repair shop with one or more of the valve stem cap missing, the worker must have forgotten to replace it after pumping air.
- Tire Lug Nut not tight – once, it happened once only, a car need new tires so all wheels have been removed, then you discovered one of the wheel’s Tire Lug Nuts are still loose. I was fuming because it’s dangerous. An over-inflated tire, especially double the recommended pressure, is also dangerous. Note: Incidents were NOT from the same shop but different shops.
- Brought the car to an authorized service center for routine periodic maintenance, the car returned with a box of new unused Oil Filter along with other parts replaced including used Air Filter, Spark Plugs, etc. Obviously, the mechanic forgot to replace the Oil Filter.
- Some service centers use Engine Oils recommended by the car manufacturer which can have no real brand name (just the brand of the car), while at one time a service center recommended ‘Motul’ which my staff approved without thinking about the price. Later checked at Tokopedia and the price is only about half of what we paid. I guess it’s like buying Coke from a supermarket compared to ordering it at a restaurant.