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    Smile Don't you just love NZ...

    We had our Scooby Legacy in for it's 90,000 km service yesterday, not authorised Subaru dealer but still specialising in Subaru's. This included having the cam belt changed and 'Warrant of Fitness' thrown in for good measure... total cost including labour $630

    We had the same service done in the UK last December for a Scooby Forester with an authorised Subaru dealer... total cost 750 (approx. $1900)

    Just thought I'd share that one with you... more beer money for tomorrows curry session

    C'mon you All Blacks

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    Everyone tells me that non-European cars are cheap as chips to service and repair in NZ. It really makes me wonder why anyone buys European cars!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Devil View Post
    We had our Scooby Legacy in for it's 90,000 km service yesterday, not authorised Subaru dealer but still specialising in Subaru's. This included having the cam belt changed and 'Warrant of Fitness' thrown in for good measure... total cost including labour $630

    We had the same service done in the UK last December for a Scooby Forester with an authorised Subaru dealer... total cost 750 (approx. $1900).

    Just thought I'd share that one with you... more beer money for tomorrows curry session.

    C'mon you All Blacks
    I'm crying into my tea as I read this Red Devil after the whopping service bill we got recently!!!

    But still.........chuffed to bits for you!! That's more like the bill we were expecting. Nice one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James 1077 View Post
    Everyone tells me that non-European cars are cheap as chips to service and repair in NZ. It really makes me wonder why anyone buys European cars!

    If that's directed at me James, then just for the record, we didn't buy our european cars in NZ. We shipped our cars over because we just didn't have time to sell them (for the decent money they're worth anyway).

    In hindsight, yes we should have probably got rid, but we had worked very hard to buy them outright from new and were reluctant to 'practically give them away'. Both cars have little mileage and are in really good condition.

    Yes it is expensive to have them repaired and serviced here, so any potential migrants thinking of bringing their european cars to NZ would best be advised to check up on the costs of services, parts etc before commiting to shipping their cars over.

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    The posts seem to have been posted the wrong way around on this thread!??!

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    Don't worry - it's a glitch that happens occasionally, nobody knows why. It's quite fun when it makes some clever forumite give a long and detailed answer to a question someone else hadn't asked yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Devil View Post
    C'mon you All Blacks
    Allez Les Blues!!!!

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    Arwen, I read the OP and thought of you (((hugs!)))

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    Quote Originally Posted by M-Squared View Post
    Arwen, I read the OP and thought of you (((hugs!)))
    Ah thanks for the hugs hun, much appreciated.

    We received a Workshop Customer Satisfaction Follow Up slip from the garage today. Gives us a great opportunity to get onto them and express how 'dissatisfied' we were with the bill (not the quality of work I might add, which is fine).

    I was going to give them a call the day after getting the bill and 'vent my spleen', but hubby suggested we calm down first and then get in touch.

    I guess he's right. These guy's have us over a bit of a barrel at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arwen View Post
    If that's directed at me James, then just for the record, we didn't buy our european cars in NZ. We shipped our cars over because we just didn't have time to sell them (for the decent money they're worth anyway).
    Not directed at you - I had forgotten about your bad experience (to be honest most of that is main dealer related I would say - proper mechanics have to work harder for customer loyalty so don't charge an arm and a leg!).

    A lot of the English guys at work have European cars (as that is what they are used to - indicators being on correct side etc) - one of them recently had to spend $9000 on getting their VW repaired due to the cost of parts and time spent fixing it.

    Modern European cars really do seem like they are designed to be as difficult to fix as it is humanly possible to do - probably to keep dealer networks busy I would imagine.

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