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so 8 days ago the car went in to munich legends for an oil leak turned out to be sump gasket, i had new sump gasket new sump bolts oil service new track rod (as it was looking ropey) and the tracking re-done, also had a good inspection that showed rear discs and pads need doing at next service other than that shes in tip top shape.

came out with a bill for 708 quid!!!! i nearly fell over haha
 

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Funny that, I took mine there about 6 years ago and
came out with a £700 bill....
 

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Was the bill labour heavy....17.5% of that was VAT, so you are looking at £580 for parts and labour at what £55 an hour? I am not sticking up for them but that's not a bad bill in my opinion.
 

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How much does Farrell charge per hour ?

Isn't he closer to Hertfordshire than ML ?
 

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It could of been worse!!

had you taken it to Birds that bill would have been higher than that my friend!

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Steve
 

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How much does Farrell charge per hour ?

Isn't he closer to Hertfordshire than ML ?
My thoughts exactly, did you ask him for a quote?

The thing is that the sump is hard to reach, either the subframe comes off or the engine needs to be lifted significantly.

Also, with not many good mechanics around to work on these cars, I feel kind of bad charging the normal low 'KwikFit' rate for jobs like these. With millions of examples around of people f&cking up jobs on these cars and generally not understanding enough of performance engines to be working on them in the first place, I don't think its a bad thing that true M specialists (which I sincerely doubt ML to be all the time) charge a little more than a normal independant. After all, a lot of special toolage is required and 'Fingerspitzengefuhl", not to mention a lot of S38 experience to steer clear of wrong diagnosing. Remember, you can always pay double at the dealer for half the job!
 

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Hi, there are some decent specialists much closer to you than munich legends. Farrell who has been mentioned is near Colchester, his standard of work, enthusiasm and attention to detail are legendary. Phil Crouch also has an excellent reputation, he is in Iver, Bucks and Gary Woollat of Autobahn Services in Rickmansworth is hugely experienced.
Check out the independant //M specialist thead.
There are mixed views about ML
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=88531&highlight=Munich+Legends
 

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Its an odd one this....I tend not to stick to just one specialist and have used CPC, Autobahn and ML over the last twelve months and tend to use different people for different things.
 

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How much does Farrell charge per hour ?

Isn't he closer to Hertfordshire than ML ?
Come on guys, Mr Farrell aint no rip-off bloke, for gods sake just read the depth of Knowledge when he posts on a subject- yes beyond most of our mechanical comprehension but the guy is an absolute FANATIC of the marque, having spoke with him at several Goat meets he has your M5 at heart not your wallet !
 

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i took it to them because it is a munich legends car they have done all work servicing mot's and even tyres since 20k it is now on 89k, i dont mind paying it for the peace of mind that they know the car well, there was a black m5t in there at the same time anybody on heres?

the parts were 135 vat 105 and the rest was labout they are £75 an hour with the vat i think.

ps sebring your right they did have to take the subframe off.
 

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Hmmm, I thought that labour down there was less, last year I paid £55 an hour plus VAT. Most specialists charge around £50-65 and hour and for the work done and peace of mind its not too terrible. How does the car drive??
 

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car drives perfectly revs climb much free'er after the oil service..or is it the placebo affect?? obviously no leaks and doesnt stink of hot castrol everytime i get out of it now!!
 

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It must be the 'placebo' effect! And of course you lost a lot of weight ( £708) :)


car drives perfectly revs climb much free'er after the oil service..or is it the placebo affect?? obviously no leaks and doesnt stink of hot castrol everytime i get out of it now!!
 

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Took my car to darren farrel and he kept me informed of every turn he took including photographic evidence of the work completed. Every component that he took off the car was put into a bag and given to me as further evidence. At the end of the day I tried to work out how many hours over the time he billed me for he had really done. O and by the way its a 450 mile round trip for me to take my car to darrens house. I dont think I need to say anymore about who I would trust to get anywhere near my car.
Andy
 

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Took my car to darren farrel and he kept me informed of every turn he took including photographic evidence of the work completed. Every component that he took off the car was put into a bag and given to me as further evidence. At the end of the day I tried to work out how many hours over the time he billed me for he had really done. O and by the way its a 450 mile round trip for me to take my car to darrens house. I dont think I need to say anymore about who I would trust to get anywhere near my car.
Andy


Said it once and I'll say it again.......lets split him into 6 parts and distribute as the cars require !!

Don't think his family will be too pleased with that arrangement though :eek:

If I were in Europe absolutely no one else would touch my car....:applause:
 

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Gents
Thanks for the support & very kind words.
Certainly puts some value to my 3,500 posts & 9,000 pms
over the last few years.
Means alot to me:thankyou:

Sounds like it's all deserved though, farrell.

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Yes. True enthusiast wrenchers should be hailed. The customer probably never even realises how big the difference is.
 

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Yes. True enthusiast wrenchers should be hailed. The customer probably never even realises how big the difference is.
That they most certainly don't!:applause:

I work in another section on the motor trade, and I fully understand the difference between the good, and the bad, and can't wait to see the Excellent!
 
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