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Old 22-11-2007, 12:15
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Hi All,

Just wondered if any of you have had a new clutch fitted and how much it cost - want to check if I'm being ripped off (don't think I am but then I don't know much about it!)

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Old 22-11-2007, 12:17
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Call a few different garages and ask them to quote you a price. If you want comments from here it will also help to tell us the car model and age. Check spares websites as well.
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Old 22-11-2007, 12:20
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Thanks a friend - well it's a peugeot 106 and it's 12 years old. I've actually gone ahead and told them to do it (took it in for something else and they noticed it - I'm new to driving and just thought there was a high biting point) they're charging me 355 including labour - did they see me coming?
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Old 22-11-2007, 12:22
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they seen you coming i had a 106 quiksilver 2000 reg and i got mine for 110. im thinking yours would have been a bit cheaper because it was a bit older? you should have tried the back street garages! that is if they are only doing the clutch and nothing else
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Old 22-11-2007, 12:24
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Thanks a friend - well it's a peugeot 106 and it's 12 years old. I've actually gone ahead and told them to do it (took it in for something else and they noticed it - I'm new to driving and just thought there was a high biting point) they're charging me 355 including labour - did they see me coming?

Hmmm, seems a bit high to me. We had ours done the other week, on a less common model of car (Fiat Doblo) and it was 230.00 all in. Still, the quotes we got ranged as high as 700+
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Old 22-11-2007, 12:29
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You know when you wish you hadn't asked something to be honest I'm going on a long journey this weekend so really needed to get it done - I'll just have to swallow it and shop around next time!

Thanks for your replies!
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Old 22-11-2007, 12:41
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Remember that the difference in price is all in the labour - it might just be that you live in a more expensive area when it comes to garages! But it always pays to shop around if you can
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Old 22-11-2007, 13:05
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i tend to like the back street garages as they appreciate you more and dont charge you as much as the big shops would. plus they can normally fit you in straight away and they do a good job!
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Old 22-11-2007, 23:19
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A 12 year old Peugeot 106 wouldn't be worth much more than 355 I should expect...
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Old 22-11-2007, 23:39
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And this is where it always goes wrong.

One poster suggests that because a car is slightly older, it should cost less, but why?

The older car might use a less in demand componant that costs more, plus it's been subject to more wear and corrosion, so it might take longer to take apart and cost a bit more in replacing parts that break when you try and remove them (and by the way stephenc40, can you tell me where you can get a clutch done by a reputable garage on a 106 for 110 including all parts, labour and VAT, I'll farm all my future 106 clutches out to them)

Another suggests that a totally different make and model of car cost them less for the same job, but that's like comparing chalk and cheese.

If it's any consolation Charlie, on the face of it 355 doesn't sound massively OTT, if you could just tell me what engine your car has got and (if you're remotely interested) I'll check on the what I would charge you and report back tomorrow.
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Old 23-11-2007, 09:03
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Look, my Alfa needed a new clutch in February after the snow and my poor driving. It cost me over 500 as they had to take the whole front end off. It aint a cheap job. I would snap their hands off at just over 350
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Old 23-11-2007, 09:18
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And this is where it always goes wrong.

One poster suggests that because a car is slightly older, it should cost less, but why?

The older car might use a less in demand componant that costs more, plus it's been subject to more wear and corrosion, so it might take longer to take apart and cost a bit more in replacing parts that break when you try and remove them (and by the way stephenc40, can you tell me where you can get a clutch done by a reputable garage on a 106 for 110 including all parts, labour and VAT, I'll farm all my future 106 clutches out to them)

Another suggests that a totally different make and model of car cost them less for the same job, but that's like comparing chalk and cheese.

If it's any consolation Charlie, on the face of it 355 doesn't sound massively OTT, if you could just tell me what engine your car has got and (if you're remotely interested) I'll check on the what I would charge you and report back tomorrow.

Maybe its where you live. i got quoted close to 300 from kwik fit bit more from another big garage then went down a back street garage that could fit me in the next day and orderd the part straight away. 110 pound for a clutch kit and i was on my way! i live in warrington btw if you wanted to know!
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Old 23-11-2007, 10:02
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Look, my Alfa needed a new clutch in February after the snow and my poor driving. It cost me over 500 as they had to take the whole front end off. It aint a cheap job. I would snap their hands off at just over 350
Cost me 330 when I had it done on my old 156, but 600 in my van as they had to take the engine out to get at it (thank god that one was tax deductable )
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Old 23-11-2007, 10:10
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110 pound for a clutch kit and i was on my way!!

but was that including fitting as well
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Old 23-11-2007, 10:18
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when we had our car i always used a mobile mechanic i suppose it depends where you take it as well i presume dealerships are dearer
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Old 23-11-2007, 10:32
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Thanks all - I feel better about it now - am just pleased I'll have it sorted!
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Old 23-11-2007, 18:46
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Well, just to satisfy my own curiosity, I did check and here's the result;

The parts cost vary depending on engine size, so I plumped for a 1.1 and the cheapest clutch I could find for that (that would be worth fitting) was 60.

The Autodata quoted time for fitting is 3.4 hours (for all models) but that assumes that everything comes apart easily and there are no other difficulties, so we'll add on a bit for unforseen extra problems and call it 4 hours.

My place is one of those 'back street garages' that has been mentioned, but we are in London, so we charge 55 per hour (typically about half the labour rate of main dealers locally).

So, add that lot up and put on the Chancellor's bit and you end up with 330; not a million miles from 355 and that's using cheaper than OE parts and not making a profit on them either.

There you go Charlie, you can be safe in the knowledge you weren't ripped off at all.
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Old 23-11-2007, 18:59
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Without being too specific, where in London is your garage Rebel MC? Might be needing a clutch myself soon
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Old 23-11-2007, 23:15
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I got a clutch replaced on a Mk1 Astra some years ago. A few months later I was just coming home after a 400 mile round trip and the car lost all drive as if the clutch had broken! I was so close to home that I was able to coast up the street and onto my driveway. Turned out that the garage had missed out (or reused) a circlip - should always fit a new one. As a result, the drive shaft through the centre of the clutch had moved out 2 cm and was no longer connected to the clutch plate splines. (Getting technical here!)

Anyway, bottom line, be wary of a too-cheap job. I was lucky. If the darn thing had failed while I was overtaking, I could be dead.
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Old 23-11-2007, 23:49
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While we are talking about clutches, I have a Pug 406 1.9TD which I use for a general run around second car, it is reliable, clean, tidy etc very good for 1998 car, but the clutch doesnt have much left on it, I know there is no adjustment on these 406 clutches so it is a replacement job.

Anyone know how much roughly a replacement clutch for a 1900TD 1998 406 would be at all? I expect more than what the car is worth but I really dont want to bin the car, it is too good really.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 24-11-2007, 00:13
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While we are talking about clutches, I have a Pug 406 1.9TD which I use for a general run around second car, it is reliable, clean, tidy etc very good for 1998 car, but the clutch doesnt have much left on it, I know there is no adjustment on these 406 clutches so it is a replacement job.

Anyone know how much roughly a replacement clutch for a 1900TD 1998 406 would be at all? I expect more than what the car is worth but I really dont want to bin the car, it is too good really.

Thanks in advance.

James
They aren't too bad to do, parts around 100, labour about 4 hours, plus the dreaded Vodka And Tonic, somewhere around 350 would (once again) be about right.
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Old 24-11-2007, 07:48
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Well, just to satisfy my own curiosity, I did check and here's the result;

The parts cost vary depending on engine size, so I plumped for a 1.1 and the cheapest clutch I could find for that (that would be worth fitting) was 60.

The Autodata quoted time for fitting is 3.4 hours (for all models) but that assumes that everything comes apart easily and there are no other difficulties, so we'll add on a bit for unforseen extra problems and call it 4 hours.

My place is one of those 'back street garages' that has been mentioned, but we are in London, so we charge 55 per hour (typically about half the labour rate of main dealers locally).

So, add that lot up and put on the Chancellor's bit and you end up with 330; not a million miles from 355 and that's using cheaper than OE parts and not making a profit on them either.

There you go Charlie, you can be safe in the knowledge you weren't ripped off at all.

sounds right to me
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Old 24-11-2007, 10:49
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i guess it depends on the car, i paid about 150 for the clutch on my nissan micra to be replaced, shop around
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Old 24-11-2007, 11:00
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They aren't too bad to do, parts around 100, labour about 4 hours, plus the dreaded Vodka And Tonic, somewhere around 350 would (once again) be about right.
Thanks for that, the problem is that I have the old Peugeot as a run around and at the price that I paid I would struggle to get something else that is as good, so I figure that when it goes it would be better to spend money on getting it repaired than having to go out and find something to replace it with.

Appreciate the quick reply

James
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Old 24-11-2007, 16:26
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Mine cost me about 300 too. Rebel MC helped me with that too! (About a year ago)
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