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Hi all, the dreaded spanner symbol's appeared asking me to get the car serviced. Just wondering if anyone could give me a rough price on a ful service/timing belt change? Thanks, HB
 

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Anywhere from £300-£500 but I would say don't bother with the precise SAAB service, make sure you get a *full* cam belt, rollers, tensioner and water pump change it will add another £100-£120 on to the bill but it's worth it as the belt doesn't go on this engine, the water pump seizes and takes the belt with it.
 

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Best price so far is £428 inclusive of water pump - that's a back street garage that was highly recommended to me. Gloucester Saab quoted £637 whilst a local Saab specialist says £581 :crazy: All prices inclusive of VAT.
 

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Thought I'd give the main dealer a call back and see if they could match the £428 figure.. they can! So in two 'phone calls to them I've saved over £200 :confused: and I get qualified technicians/proper Saab parts :) I'd rather not be shelling out £428 though :eek:
 

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Look at it like this, you don't have to have your car serviced... ever. Just when the belt does go that's about £800-£900 to get sorted.... Not changing oil might cost you a new engine so budget a few k for that... and it goes on. If you don't want to pay to maintain a car you could either don't maintain it or buy a bicycle! (which will still need maintaining!) :D
 

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Right, got the 72k service done by Gloucester Saab yesterday.. apart from needing 3 new tyres they say the inlet manifold needs replacing; they quoted £750 :eek: I've had a search around on this forum and this price seems to correct. Is there a workaround for this? Can the manifold be 'fixed'? Why should it have failed? The EGR was replaced under warranty about a year a go.

Oh, and the aircon no longer works since service... bloke on desk asked me if I'd switched it on as the lads may have switched it off :mad: 'you'll have to bring the car back to the dealers sir'. Most convenient.
 

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Best price so far is £428 inclusive of water pump - that's a back street garage that was highly recommended to me. Gloucester Saab quoted £637 whilst a local Saab specialist says £581 :crazy: All prices inclusive of VAT.[/b]
If you don't mind me asking, who were there Saab specialists? I'm based in Glos and need to get some competitive quotes for a full service.

Cheers,
Neys
 
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