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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:02 pm    Post subject: 993 Experiences of OPC servicing Reply with quote

A strange question possibly, especially as my 993 hasn't seen the inside of an OPC in over a decade.......my long term Indy changed hands a while back and is no longer in my eyes the same thing, and I'm struggling to find another. So I rang the OPC and below are their quotes, it'll be less in reality as I'll supply my own oil & filters.

So, any feedback/thoughts/experiences, never thought I'd be taking it there!

oil service/6 months (!) £260+VAT
12k/annual £390+VAT

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems reasonable to me. My local Indy charges (incl VAT) £306 for a minor & £375 for a major on my 997 turbo. Thats excluding stuff like brake fluid changes/plug changes etc.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will they allow you to use own oil and filters... wont it have to be Porsche approved?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just started using OPC in Tewkesbury and prices have been very reasonable, £565 for a major service including brake fluid and replacement poly-rib belt. Also with the advantage of supplying a decent loan car. They even provide a video report health check.

OPC now provide a significant discount on labour rates for older models.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LIZ111S wrote:
Just started using OPC in Tewkesbury and prices have been very reasonable, £565 for a major service including brake fluid and replacement poly-rib belt. Also with the advantage of supplying a decent loan car. They even provide a video report health check.

OPC now provide a significant discount on labour rates for older models.


I was like poly-rib belt and then realised you had a 996, phew I thought I'd missed something Thumb

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cameltoe & Heel wrote:
LIZ111S wrote:
Just started using OPC in Tewkesbury and prices have been very reasonable, £565 for a major service including brake fluid and replacement poly-rib belt. Also with the advantage of supplying a decent loan car. They even provide a video report health check.

OPC now provide a significant discount on labour rates for older models.


I was like poly-rib belt and then realised you had a 996, phew I thought I'd missed something Thumb

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alex at Tewkesbury loves air cooled and know his stuff, I have also used Nottingham OPC and I have been told Leicester are very good as well.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I know for certain that I wouldn't use Bournemouth OPC based on my own experience with them. How many of Porsches mechs have actually been trained on air cooled?
I think I would prefer someone who does these older cars all day long.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robertb wrote:
Will they allow you to use own oil and filters... wont it have to be Porsche approved?


I wondered that too but seemingly it's not that unusual that someone provides their own oil, they said. Not sure how they'll react when I say filters too as I only use mahle's!

I'm also intrigued how much it'll reduce the bill by given how much they charge for the Porsche oil.....

It's Colchester BTW if anyone's got feedback?

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can recommend OPC Brooklands (previously Camtune I believe). Keen and knowledgeable on air cooled and happy to use owner supplied oil as long as it's Porsche specified. Brooklands museum and Mercedes World are only a short walk away.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

acme wrote:
Robertb wrote:
Will they allow you to use own oil and filters... wont it have to be Porsche approved?


I wondered that too but seemingly it's not that unusual that someone provides their own oil, they said. Not sure how they'll react when I say filters too as I only use mahle's!

I'm also intrigued how much it'll reduce the bill by given how much they charge for the Porsche oil.....

It's Colchester BTW if anyone's got feedback?

Cheers


Are they offering a loaner, Gav??
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whichever OPC you visit, make sure you make enquiries about the fixed price servicing for older cars, and most particularly, what price for PCGB members (assuming you are one.)
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't do many miles but I always use OPC Solihull annually - they've always been very good. I don't supply my own consumables though so not tested that.

I also like that I get a Boxster/Cayman/Panamera/Macan to try for the day too. I don't think there'll ever be a GT loaner though...Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nimrod wrote:
Alex at Tewkesbury loves air cooled and know his stuff, I have also used Nottingham OPC and I have been told Leicester are very good as well.

+1 for notts, very happy with their service. Also their fixed price service was about the same price as local indie, plus I get a cayenne to use.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Are they offering a loaner, Gav??[/quote]

Yes Rob, though it'll probably be a disiesal Macan!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I let Leeds OPC service mine last year. They have a Classic Center. Knowledgeable bloke who showed me all the bits i need to keep an eye on. Shame he left my car with a loose exhaust heat shield that rattled on the way home and a rear light unit missing half its screws and was hanging out once id parked up at the ranch.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I let Leeds OPC service mine last year. They have a Classic Center. Knowledgeable bloke who showed me all the bits i need to keep an eye on. Shame he left my car with a loose exhaust heat shield that rattled on the way home and a rear light unit missing half its screws and was hanging out once id parked up at the ranch.
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Yep. That sounds about right, based on my previous experience with OPC (not with the 993). An apparent lack of care and attention, on numerous occasions. I used to dread going to collect it to see what damage they'd inflicted each time they had it. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Generally I prefer to support small businesses in favour of large corporate chains. The independent over the corporate. The benefit should be better service and a cheaper price. Time and again I've read on this forum, that OPC charge for the steel and glass palace and you are also paying a premium for the complimentary coffee.

My experience, as above, is that OPC are more than willing to price match and no more expensive than an independent. You also get a Porsche loan car for the duration. I've handed back a V8 Cayenne S just recently. Car was vacuumed as well. Very happy with the service.

If the independents were cheaper or in some way better I'd be using them.
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Recently used my local OPC for the first time for their "classic" oil service. £328 and reasonable service, though no loan car was offered ( a lift in to town though).

Was OK, but service was nothing over and above the local indy I use.

Also, they broke part of my Carrera badge during the car wash! Luckily it was tired looking and I had a spare in the boot.

Slightly O/T, but my car had a huge service including full suspension replacement at Porsche Hamburg before I bought it. Chris from CG commented that it was beautifully put back together (really methodical and detailed apparently) and how he would do it. He didn't see many like that apparently, so if you're over in Northern Germany, thumbs up for them Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:50 am    Post subject: Re: Experiences of OPC servicing Reply with quote

acme wrote:
A strange question possibly, especially as my 993 hasn't seen the inside of an OPC in over a decade.......my long term Indy changed hands a while back and is no longer in my eyes the same thing, and I'm struggling to find another. So I rang the OPC and below are their quotes, it'll be less in reality as I'll supply my own oil & filters.

So, any feedback/thoughts/experiences, never thought I'd be taking it there!

oil service/6 months (!) £260+VAT
12k/annual £390+VAT

Cheers


It's certainly a difficult decision as quite correctly per previous responses. OPC would be the choice of reasons, but I'm thinking it's more important to have a mechanic of whom has red hot knowledge to look over the vehicle for any concerns or advisories. I suppose on paper if it's just changing the oil, filters, belts and brake fluid etc any tech can do that and if it was my car I'd just go for a fixed price service & get the book stamped. Forget driving round and buying the service items or you might as well just do it yourself and keep the receipts as a record. But that might hit the resale value.

So yes, I'd contact an OPC, discuss your vehicle and your requirements and put the ownes on them to ensure the vehicle is properly maintained and recorded on the national system.
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