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Hi everyone, I hope this is the right place for this thread, if not I apologise..and ask the admin or moderator to move it in the right place (it s hard to find an existing thread ...because there isn't or maybe i don't see it..a search box)
So I was wondering how much do you guys pay for a intermediate and for a full service on a Saab (especially 9-3 model, 2008 facelift model), but i guess even if it s a 2005 or a 9-5 Saab price shouldn't differ to much.

I'm asking this because I made a intermediate service yesterday on my Saab and I think I was over priced.
So ..on the receipt it writes :

oil & lubricants -
oil filter.seal 1 pcs
power filter 1 pcs
diesel filter 1 pcs
NISIF (not sure about the letters ..hard to understand) coil spring 1 pcs
Front Drop Links 2 pcs
Apple Fresh 1pcs
S.M.V (or U) - pcs
How much do you think a normal charge should be for an intermediate service and above problems.
After 2-3 opinion I will tell the price I was taxed..but not before cause i don t want to influence.

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08 9-3 1.9 diesel...springs should be replaced in pairs also the top bearings replaced at the same time..not up to speed on diesels servicing prices i'd say no more than £350.
 

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a lot depend on quality of materials used along with garage type for example your normal garage would charge around £25-£30 hour, independent £50ish hour and a main agent £80ish an hour

can you let me know where it was taken for service and I will give you a quote
 

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ok you can work your own labour rates above. the job would take 2-3hrs max based on a 08plate or the diesel filter is by the tank using good quality oil(mobil) and UFI filters......oil, oil filter, diesel filter and airfilter at retail price £90 1 coil and 2 droplinks of good quality £95 apple fresh free with a car wash lol £0 or £1 if you bought one SMV ?? shampoo mop vacuum lol if it is this should be £0 unless you asked so £185 materials + 2-3hrs labour as jon says springs should be changed in pairs
 

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Ummmmmmmm this is like that game show " play your cards right " higher or lower ? .
But .......... Apple fresh ? .:confused:........ Did they break wind in your car and use that to disguise the smell ? , that should of been FOC .
SMV ? ....:confused:.... As Kez says could be service mop / vacuum ...... Did they empty there Bowles in the car , and have to clean up the mess ?
1 spring ........ Are they zebadee from the magic roundabout ?:crazy:
Any road up I'm going higher ..,, £450.00p
 

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I'm more concerned that a garage would only change out one coil spring. The OP should have been advised as others far more knowledgable than I have already stated, to have the pair replaced along with the top mount bearings.

I'm also pleased that everything the OP has had done, I can do myself, so it wouldn't have personally cost me anymore than £175 using quality parts and service items. I suspect many a garage would charge in excess of £300 for the work, so I concur with aerojon.

Even without the replacement of the coil spring and drop links and the other pointless stuff thrown in for good measure, the service centre I've previously used, charged me £180 for an intermediate service, which I thought was fair. I've now taken to doing all of my own servicing since I bought myself a fantastic pair of 3 tonne load ABS ramps. Oil changes a total doddle now, especially with the quickvalve fitted to the sump.
 

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Thank you all for your reply. The garaje is a saab independent specialist în the area. They charged me with 509£. :neutral_face::confused:
 

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if they charged vat on parts at retail price plus labour your still over £100 overcharged even if they used top quality parts
meyle drop links are around 4X dearer than cheap counterparts for example and Mobil oil can be twice the cost of cheaper

taking this into consideration sorry to say you have payed £150-£200 more than it should

you need to ask them for a full explanation of the invoice and no harm in questioning it

I dread to think what they would charge for a full service !!
 

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Here you can see the receipt attached....I ve expected something around 300-350..And the thing is that ppl recommend them..Also here on forum...I read just good thing about them...good price and very professional service. Maybe because I m new in the country. ..new car owner..etc etc..or I don t know what to say. I m just dissaponted. And I will have to do the timing belt .water pump etc soon. It shoulded been done now but they did not have the parts..and time. Maybe it was better this way 'cause who knows how much they charged me then with everything. ....
 

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I personally don't think your expectation of £350 is unreasonable or far off.

I bought and subsequently fitted myself, all of the following parts: two brand new Bilstein B4 struts, two genuine Saab coil springs, two Meyle drop links, genuine Saab top mount bearings and genuine Sachs top mounts for a total sum of £340. I dread to think what any garage would have charged me for the exact same parts and the labour to fit them.

As for your impending cambelt and waterpump change (as well as a full coolant change), done at a garage, you won't get much change out of another £350. I again bought my own parts, in my own case, a genuine Fiat boxed cambelt and waterpump for £85 all in and then a local Fiat specialist charged me labour only, £264 inc VAT, although that price also included changing the oil and filter that I also supplied as well as fitting the Fumoto Quickvalve to the sump.
 

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Sorry to preach, but didn't you get some sort of quote before they went ahead? SAAB offficial agents have been offering fixed price full servicing for £249 all in recently, and some still are on their own account. I agree about the spring, should def be replaced as a pair. Again Official agents are offering fixed price cambelt change deals as well, the following link is just an example http://www.ballardssaab.co.uk/servicing-offers/717
 

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The thing is , is that we can all be shocked by the price and that we may have been charged less for the same kind of service. But the poor OP , (well he's pooer now ) he put his trust in a garage , who he thaught would do a professional job (not saying they have not ) at a reasonable and fair price , they did not point out to him the need to replace springs in pairs , it would leave me with a doubt in my mind . And would put me off taking it back there for future work ( ie his cambelts due ) . I don't think they played on the fact that you are new to the country or a new car owner , I think it was just one of those things , we all become wise after the event . But it still does not make the OP any happier .
 

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lizzard couldn't of put it better myself

unfortunately I can not make the receipt out, too small as I would have liked to check over it for you. so if you would like to make it bigger or email it to me
 

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i personally use halfords, yes a lot of you will laugh but they have been perfect for me for over 5 years since i moved round the corner from them so not sure why they have bad rep, but their prices are £170 for an intermediate service and £235 for a full one (i combine it with the MOT each year so end up paying £185 or £245)
 

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I attached the receipt again. Hope this time is readable , the problem is that it says it s too big and it will be resized. If this doesn't go I will itemise and wrote the price for each and one of them. I crop the image with company name cause I don t want to do bad advirtise....not my style.
 

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the red bulbs are expensive at £12 each, but saying that i was caught out on them and ended up paying £14 a bulb as the £3 set of 2 i bought on ebay showed more pink than red so failed the MOT lol
 

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I attached the receipt again. Hope this time is readable , the problem is that it says it s too big and it will be resized. If this doesn't go I will itemise and wrote the price for each and one of them. I crop the image with company name cause I don t want to do bad advirtise....not my style.
a interim service is basically oil filters and checks and top ups where required i.e washer bottle for windows

were your brakes sticking ? normal to spray brake cleaner on disks but that's about it though most would just check condition of pads disks

what was wrong with exhaust heat shield ?

did you ask for.....

engine flush a main agent would not do or a saab indie garage not recommended

diesel conditioner again not done on a service unless specifically requested

apple fresh £2.95 + vat no comment .......should have been a gesture unless you specifically asked

smv no idea other than what has already been suggested

any parts found faulty during the service apart from what was asked for they should have rang you for the go ahead.

please name then......you are not slagging them off by doing so just warning others of your experience with them
 

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Ummmmmmm this apple fresh , it's got my goat ! (((((((Narrrrrrrrrrr))))))))
It's not screenwash , is it ? . Not trying to teach a garage how to buy in stuff , but would not they buy it I big drums ? . It's a wonder they did not charge for the water to top up the screenwash ? , saying its , specialists water distilled by the firm Brests of virgins !;)and charge that out !
 

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the only apple fresh things i can find from google is its car shampoo liquid, they have charged you for washing your car?
 

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I had my v6 served the other week, I supplied all the parts/fluids (from Neos & opie oils)

It was around £280 labour for the oil change, fit new oil/fuel/cabin filters/clean air filter plus change gearbox oil and fit new brake pads, lines & fresh fluid.
 
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