Small updates to small car
I found the door actuator had gone bad, decided now was a great time to go visit the dealership. I knew there were a few faults with the car, and wondered if they would detect any of them. It was nearby and I took a day off work to get in. Pulled, in told them the door actuator was bad and to please look the car over and had asked for the service recall on the clutch.
Problems I had found in about 5 minutes when looking at the car:
Low coolant, faulty factory clamp most likely
Leaking clutch slave, evidence of a bit of mist near the transmission
Squeaking brakes, most likely needs grease
Disintegrating wiring harness
Weak hatch shocks
Problems they found:
NONE OF THOSE
After 1.5 hours they come back, they tell me "hey your door actuator is bad, and we recommend you do a full service, $1600 please"
I had looked at the price of the actuator online, $120 part, and I had pulled the door panel off to tighten a loose bolt which took no more than 20 minutes. They wanted $700 to do that job. I went to the parts department to buy the part and they wanted $250. I ended up having a brand new OEM one shipped from a dealership in Florida for $130. I hate dealership markups.
The kicker was what the service advisor said. He said "the technician looked over your car and recommended you do a full service which includes new brakes, spark plugs, oil, intake filter, etc." I was pissed. Leaning over you could see the brake pads had at least 75% life, and there was an aftermarket filter, coilpacks are aftermarket, not to mention the spark plugs had been replaced in the last year. I told him "no it doesn't" to which the service advisor asked "oh do you know cars?" He then corrected and said he thought he should recommend them based on mileage, somehow the technician suddenly dropped out of the story and the mention of inspection also dropped out of the conversation.
I told them I'd take the car back, but not before they said I owed them $200 for looking over the vehicle. Dammit they didn't even open the hood.
Well that meant I would be turning my own wrenches until I find a good place.
Booked a slot for a DIY lift place. Pulled the wheels and greased the front pads, about 90% less squealing now, I'm guessing the rear pads may need lubrication as well.
Also installed some new lights. For a car from 2015, having lights that were so dim was a disappointment. They have projector housings so I didn't feel bad upgrading the lights. Yellow fog lights takes me back to JDM times, and I definitely do enjoy that.
Also installed this beauty. One of my shipments from the UK, this one arrived missing a part, but they were quick to remedy. There was a moment when it wouldn't engage the gates, and you get that moment of "oh I should have just left it alone" but that voice is small after all this time. Time spent fettling with the adjustments and it shifts real smooth. Shifter feels great, it is adjustable for even shorter throws, shifts so short it made the 1-2 shift super easy, but finding neutral took a bit of effort. I settled on the second longest setting. I think the shorter ones would only be useful on a racetrack and it required a bit more effort than I wanted. Granted I've never laughed so much during each shift than when I had it on the short setting. Hilariously short.
Still waiting for my rear seat delete to be sorted, and I'd like to make a rear reinforcement bar at some point. I finished my euro tail light wiring harness, but haven't figured out exactly how I'd like to figure that out.
Making it mine, slowly but surely.
Ah, bonus food image for fun.
A5 wagyu, roasted fried then pan seared potato, some pickles to break up the fat.
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@studystudystudy I've started to really loathe dealerships. I've 'relied' on them more than I would like already because finding a good MINI shop in my neck of the woods isn't exactly easy. But recently there have been too many "that $100 / 15 min. job will cost you $1000" types of responses. So frustrating...
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@studystudystudy How much of a blast is the car after a few weeks of ownership?
I take every chance I have to drive mine :). Cold start in the garage is awesome from a little 1.4L.
@flatisflat Funny story, I had a Mini guy, he worked at the dealership. He does all the early cars so they kind of look the other way when he fits in something on the side when it is slow.
Keep in mind this is at the same dealership. I went in for an oil change as I did not want to bother my mechanic for routine. They find I need both my axles replaced and a leaking sensor, $4000 please.
I text my guy in the parking lot, he says he will take a look at it. Ends up costing me $700 to replace an axle and a sensor. I'm not against someone making a buck and I understand overhead and liability, but come on man.
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@studystudystudy Effing hell, seriously...
@musashi66 I back it in all the time, the resonation off the walls is hilarious.
I haven't pushed the handling much, but it feels tight and nimble. I've grown to like the seats as well, I haven't even looked at the lowering brackets in the box, but I'm sure with a helmet that might change.
I'm tempted to throw the EC phase 1 tune on it. The car really wakes up with the phase 0, so I'm curious what the phase 1 will do. I have the tune and the writer, so temptation is there, but maybe I'll wait till everything is sorted. I love the little pops it makes when you shift just right under load.
I do find myself going out on "errands" more frequently than I probably should
@ibrad Pretty sure they scrubbed the original list and charged me for a "intelligent guided trouble shoot," I was so mad I'm not sure what I did with it, but if it turns up I'll update with what they recommended if it was listed.
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Give that place a very truthful Google review for trying to cheat you.
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I would really love to have a 500 someday....very cool little cars, the Abarth is just a riot!
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Love that shifter! The stock setup feels like a ladle in a pot of chili. No surprise the plastic balljoint broke on my old car, which got replaced with a Neuspeed metal version.
@rallydarkstrike I think when/if the market corrects they'll be a great bargain, we'll see if the fact new ones are not made will drive them down or up, but an absolute riot!
@orneryduck Stock one is really vague, but it felt really nice. I think I'm spoiled with tower shifters now, hard to go to anything like stock now.