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Stokepotter

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Ok have booked my 2002 c2 in for a service on Friday with these guys - www.psituning.com
Not used them before and will be first service since I have owned the car. Mot was passed ok so not expecting any issues. They have quoted £318 which includes plugs changed.
This is for a full service so think its an ok price. Was wondering what everyone else pays for servicing whether at opc or specialist or local garage?
 
Cheers GT, have had cause to visit my nearest opc twice since I bought my car in October and to be honest have had reason to be disappointed on each occasion so was never really thinking of using them for my servicing, not to mention they are 30 miles away.
 
996 service - psi tuning?

I am near you on the other side of the border in south cheshire. I would not trust my 996 Turbo with these guys that you have asked about. Let me tell you why:

1. They are mainly VW/Audi specialists and I doubt they have the expertise for a specialist marque such as Porsche 911's. We have another such specilaist in my town - VW/Audi specialists and my Merc or Porsche would never go there.Porsche requires access to PIWIS diagnostics - doubt they will have it.

2. The price is VERY CHEAP so how many and which corners are they cutting? Which oil are they putting in? Which filter? AND they say they can include spark Plugs at that price? They have to be joking. A "minor" service without plugs is around £270 inc VAT using Mobil 1 fully synthetic oil, Porsche or OEM filters at local Indy's in cheshire within reach of you - in Knutsford and Holmes Chapel. A "major" including spark plugs is around £650 - £700 inc VAT at the same local indy's. As for OPC Porsche Wilmslow the prices are respectively £265 + VAT for minor = £318. Major costs more but doesn't include pulugs which are priced extra at around £400 + VAT plus the major service price. So how ANYONE can do what you have been quoted at such prices and as per Porsche guidelines beggar's belief quite honestly. Does it need brake fluid changing? That will be extra. Which brake fluid will they use?

3. Presumably this car is not an heirloom that will be kept in the family and passed down the generations? Therefore you will be looking to sell it in your lifetime? As you can see in the ads your model is plentiful in supply and the sort of buyer it attracts will be discerning, know the car and will know what to look for. In particular the buyer will buy on history and condition. That means the service book is the first place he will look (if he were me at any rate) before even deciding whether to take it further. If I saw a stamp from PSI tuning and then looked them up, I wouldn't be excited and tell you politely the service history recently is not acceptable to me and move to view another vehicle. What I wouldn't tell you is that it appears the car has been maintained on a shoe-string budget with dubious service stamp prompting me to ask myself "what else have you cut corners with if you choose such a dealer to maintain it for you and what else has the dealer compromised on to do it at such silly prices?"

If they are using Mobil 1 oil, Porsche or OEM parts, have full access to diagnostics and Porsche recommended plugs then you have a true bargain - except that no-one seems to know them and in this fraternity anyone that's any good comes recommended and widely known. There must be a Porsche fraternity in Stoke and the Potteries area.

You have quite a choice of good indy's on an axis between Warrington, Knutsford Holmes Chapel or an even bigger choice if you consider Warrington/Knutsford/Nelson/Halifax/Huddersfield/Brighouse to get quotes and shop around. I would recommend that you do that. Once the service book has been stamped, you cannot erase it - so choose wisely my friend before deciding who you will entrust your car to and allow to stamp the history book. With these cars, I can assure you, it all about history and condition.

I apologise if I have sounded condescending about your choice - it remains up to you - maybe you are not going to sell privately and sell to the trade (at a much lower price of course) and in the meantime you just want to maintain at the chepaest price that you can. But having a car serviced cheaply can bite you hard in other repair bills as a result of maybe cutting corners and possibly technicians who don't really know your car as well as they claim. These are great cars, but they need to be maintained as Porsche intended them to be maintained. Just make sure that whoever you choose will carry out repairs and maintenance as Porsche intended.

That's my two-penneth worth if it helps.
 
Stokepotter said:
Cheers GT, have had cause to visit my nearest opc twice since I bought my car in October and to be honest have had reason to be disappointed on each occasion so was never really thinking of using them for my servicing, not to mention they are 30 miles away.

Been using OPC Cambridge (OK, no help to you) for over four years now, very impressed and happy to recommend both their technical competence and friendliness.
 
Cheers Cheshire for the detailed feedback, I don't really want to travel out of stoke on Trent for my servicing needs so my search did not stretch beyond its borders. I have spoken to the guys at psi to ensure how many and what they know about Porsche. They seemed very knowledgeable and thorough and so I decided that I would give them the benefit of any doubt.
Of course, when I drop her off on Friday I will ascertain what oils and filters are to be used. If anything I am over servicing as she has only covered 3k miles since her last service 11 months ago but being a new to me car I wanted her to have a service while I am off this week
I am also having a pair of Michelin ps2 fitted on the rear in a few weeks (see separate tyre choices post).
 
Of course, if there is anybody here from stoke who can provide feedback be it good or bad or offer alternative servicing options here in stoke I would be most grateful to hear from you.
 
i am in stoke and also due a service. my cars last 3 sevices have been at porscheshop, who seem ok but a long way to go. so not much help to you but am also interested in any more local sugestions.
 
Hey stod, good to come across a fellow stokie, I will let you know how I get on on Friday.
 
GT4 said:
OPC prices (which includes 9.5 litres of Mobil1, a day ragging a courtesy car and a valet):

996 Carrera (all models) Minor:£265.00 Major:£395.00

http://www.porschefixedpriceservice.co.uk/911-servicing.aspx

I found that URL as well. But only after I causally rang up West London OPC. Mine is a 3.6 which is said to be every 2 year. It received a minor service at Byfleet service center last year meaning it shouldn't need anything but an inspection service (I've only driven 3000 miles since). So given the car is on Porsche computer systems, the lady at West London OPC said, yes it will need a service and it will be one thousand seven something something pound!

If cambridge OPC is honoring the official £395 price, I'm going to them next!
 
Its a pity there is no OPC in stoke with my nearest being wilmslow 30 miles away.
Up early in the morning and dropping off at 9am so will let you all know how I find www.psituning.com.
 
All OPCs should honour the official tariff, that is the point of having one!

I don't get OPC Chiswick, they are a flagship (directly owned) dealership, but their customer service, technical competence and sharp practices shame Porsche Great Britain.

I will never return there with any car of mine, nor buy any car from them.
 
GT4 said:
All OPCs should honour the official tariff, that is the point of having one!

I don't get OPC Chiswick, they are a flagship (directly owned) dealership, but their customer service, technical competence and sharp practices shame Porsche Great Britain.

I will never return there with any car of mine, nor buy any car from them.

To be fair Iv always used West London and they've always been very helpful to me, and I've negotiated some prices for various bits in the past.

With regards to the service pricing, I just got my monthly newsletter, and in the back page it has the fixed service prices as per GT4s note, which include VAT. Brake fluid change is priced at an additional £75. That seems like pretty good value to me!
 
I am near you and use Sports and Classic, Knutsford.

Why you would use anyone else being so close is beyond me :?:
 
You pays your money you makes your choice Linda, obviously, if I am any less then happy this time then I can give the knutsford guys a try next time around although ideally, I would prefer to stay local in stoke.
 

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