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My car needs a service and I'm currently trying to decide who best to do it. I have never had it serviced as I only got it 6 months ago and it had just had one, but the service light indicator went past a while ago, the oil is very black and the engine lumpy and uneconomical (1.4HDI). I decided it would be best to get it serviced by a main dealer as they will have all the diagnostic tools to check it's health, however speaking to an ex peugeot mechanic, he said that if there was any problem with the engine a fault code would be logged and the engine management light would come on. This would seem to imply that there is no benefit from having a diagnostic check done on the car unless the engine management light is on, which it isn't. The cost difference of main dealer over independant is significant, so can anyone shed any light on this, or have any suggestions?

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i would do the service yourself. save £££'s and if your cars working mate, no point in getting diagnostics onto it and wasting £45+.

it's easy enough aswell to do it yourself.
 

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i would do the service yourself. save £££'s and if your cars working mate, no point in getting diagnostics onto it and wasting £45+.

it's easy enough aswell to do it yourself.
Yeah I'm quite happy to do that normally, have done for most my previous cars, but this one has a warranty and a few niggles that I don't have the time to look into. And I don't have a planet thingy! Really annoying that peugeot have their own expensive system. Got a Vagcom for my previous car for about £12!
 

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oh right yeah, fair enough, i had warrenty on my car but gave up because no-one accepts it and it is a hassle to get the money claimed back, and you have to be mega lucky to get something that they cover. if you have a few niggles it might be worth finding someone near yourself with pps and asking to use it...normally people will be more than happy. but if you havnt got time it looks like the dealer are your people.
 

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oh right yeah, fair enough, i had warrenty on my car but gave up because no-one accepts it and it is a hassle to get the money claimed back, and you have to be mega lucky to get something that they cover. if you have a few niggles it might be worth finding someone near yourself with pps and asking to use it...normally people will be more than happy. but if you havnt got time it looks like the dealer are your people.
Yeah I've not had to use the warranty for anything yet fortunately, but we spent all our money buying the car and couldn't afford any major bills so warranty seemed sensible at the time. You do seem to get stuck in this cycle though of wanting to protect the warranty, so getting dealer servicing etc. I think if you add up the cost, I could probably buy a new car after a few years on the money spent on warranty and dealer servicing! Anyhow if the car is ok I don't think I'll bother renewing the warranty and just go back to doing my own servicing. It's probably worth buying a pps as well in the long run.
Thanks for your comments :)
 
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Yeah I'm quite happy to do that normally, have done for most my previous cars, but this one has a warranty and a few niggles that I don't have the time to look into. And I don't have a planet thingy! Really annoying that peugeot have their own expensive system. Got a Vagcom for my previous car for about £12!
you only fet VAGcom cheap because so many people have successfully hacked it. Genuine VW interface kit and software from an official source is still seriously pricy.

I got a mate who's working on hacking Planet, though its ground to a halt while he's working in the states. He's already had some success and can now access and manipulate fault codes for all systems, but he's not yet cracked the set up menus. If he ever finishes it you'll be buying Planet for pennies too.
 
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My car needs a service and I'm currently trying to decide who best to do it. I have never had it serviced as I only got it 6 months ago and it had just had one, but the service light indicator went past a while ago, the oil is very black and the engine lumpy and uneconomical (1.4HDI). I decided it would be best to get it serviced by a main dealer as they will have all the diagnostic tools to check it's health, however speaking to an ex peugeot mechanic, he said that if there was any problem with the engine a fault code would be logged and the engine management light would come on. This would seem to imply that there is no benefit from having a diagnostic check done on the car unless the engine management light is on, which it isn't. The cost difference of main dealer over independant is significant, so can anyone shed any light on this, or have any suggestions?

many thanks

james.
Not all trouble codes will bring up the EML. Minor faults get reset by the ECU, and it logs the code for reading later down the line. Generally speaking, if a car is otherwise running properly it won't get plugged in during a service, so do it yourself or shop around for an independent specialist.
 
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