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Our WK Jeep GC CRD had to go to a Jeep specialist for repair and while there they gave it a thorough check over and found a few things wrong.  The then quoted me the following prices for repairs;

 

Replacement glow plugs on Cylinder’s 3 & 6 - £92.00 all inc.

Replacement front lower balljoints x2 - £235.00 all inc.

Replacement inner steering arms & outer track rod ends - £288.00 all inc.

Replacement n/s/f wheel bearing assy - £249.00 all inc.

Front axle support bracket & upper mounting bush - £269.00 all inc.

Replacement front anti roll bar links x2 - £149.00 all inc.

Replacement front lower wishbone’s x2 - £925.00 all inc

 

Needless to say the colour drained from my face.  The wishbone replacement is the killer.  In your opinion which repairs should be prioritised as I will probbaly get the work done by a local garage for a lot less?  Also is it worth spending the money repairing the Jeep given that iit is now just over 10 years old.

We have been offered £4300 trade in for the Jeep against a same year Toyota Landcruiser 3.0 CRD auto with about the same mileage.  The LC is from a dealership and comes with a 1 year Toyota warranty.  Maybe worth considering as even if I get a local garage to do the above repairs, it will still not be cheap.

 

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Our WK Jeep GC CRD had to go to a Jeep specialist for repair and while there they gave it a thorough check over and found a few things wrong.  The then quoted me the following prices for repairs;

 

Replacement glow plugs on Cylinder’s 3 & 6 - £92.00 all inc.

Replacement front lower balljoints x2 - £235.00 all inc.

Replacement inner steering arms & outer track rod ends - £288.00 all inc.

Replacement n/s/f wheel bearing assy - £249.00 all inc.

Front axle support bracket & upper mounting bush - £269.00 all inc.

Replacement front anti roll bar links x2 - £149.00 all inc.

Replacement front lower wishbone’s x2 - £925.00 all inc

 

Needless to say the colour drained from my face.  The wishbone replacement is the killer.  In your opinion which repairs should be prioritised as I will probbaly get the work done by a local garage for a lot less?  Also is it worth spending the money repairing the Jeep given that iit is now just over 10 years old.

We have been offered £4300 trade in for the Jeep against a same year Toyota Landcruiser 3.0 CRD auto with about the same mileage.  The LC is from a dealership and comes with a 1 year Toyota warranty.  Maybe worth considering as even if I get a local garage to do the above repairs, it will still not be cheap.

 

Wow what's the Milage? Some Jeep dealers offer a lower labour rate on older Jeeps by the way! But still a big chunk Did they offer any discount?

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Wow what's the Milage? Some Jeep dealers offer a lower labour rate on older Jeeps by the way! But still a big chunk Did they offer any discount?

 

What is annoying is that the Jeep has been well maintained and regularly serviced adn has a full service history so not sure why all these faults shoudl crop up in one go.  Even the Toyota dealer admitted it was one of the best maintained Jeeps that they had seen in a long time as no scratches, stone chips or dings.  Of course we never mentioned the issues foudn by the Jeep specialist that is if they really do exist.  Maybe the quotes are high because they do not want the job?

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Looks like they've priced them all individually using menu prices??  As most of the work is in the same place on the vehicle they only have to take it all apart once and put it back together with new bits.  I think they are extracting the bladder fluid ..! LOL.

Or ...DIY !! About £200 - £300 for all the bits from auto factors and the satisfaction of a good job done and properly!

Or - take it for an MOT and that will tell you what's actually needed and the price if they do the work.

Any competent mechanic can change suspension components on any vehicle. Then take it to a 4 wheel alignment specialist for geometry check if you're still concerned - approx £70.

 

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Looks like they've priced them all individually using menu prices??  As most of the work is in the same place on the vehicle they only have to take it all apart once and put it back together with new bits.  I think they are extracting the bladder fluid ..! LOL.

Or ...DIY !! About £200 - £300 for all the bits from auto factors and the satisfaction of a good job done and properly!

Or - take it for an MOT and that will tell you what's actually needed and the price if they do the work.

Any competent mechanic can change suspension components on any vehicle. Then take it to a 4 wheel alignment specialist for geometry check if you're still concerned - approx £70.

 

Thanks Jerry on clarifying about all the work being in one area.  I think they are into taking the proverbial urine.  It flew through the MOT a ew months ago so nto sure how all these faults suddenly appeared.  Just checked and the front anti roll links were done in October 2013 so very suspect the faults as surely thsoe links should last at least 50K or more?

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Thanks Jerry on clarifying about all the work being in one area.  I think they are into taking the proverbial urine.  It flew through the MOT a ew months ago so nto sure how all these faults suddenly appeared.  Just checked and the front anti roll links were done in October 2013 so very suspect the faults as surely thsoe links should last at least 50K or more?

 

Be interested to know where you took it? It does sound a bit iffy !

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:icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: I'm glad that I am sat down reading this. Almost choked on my muesli!!

 

I would take the Jeep to the MOT station where you had the  current MOT done and see what they say.

 

Bear in mind that Japanese parts can also be very expensive, so in 12-18 months time you could also have a 'big bill'. So is it a case of better the devil you know?

 

Good luck which ever path you take.

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:icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: I'm glad that I am sat down reading this. Almost choked on my muesli!!

 

I would take the Jeep to the MOT station where you had the  current MOT done and see what they say.

 

Bear in mind that Japanese parts can also be very expensive, so in 12-18 months time you could also have a 'big bill'. So is it a case of better the devil you know?

 

Good luck which ever path you take.

 

We went to look at a Landcruiser yesterday and although it was nice for the same year as the Jeep it was silly money plus as you say after a year, we may be back to square one.  At least with the Jeep the work has been done.  I don't mind paying a bit extra for genuine Jeep parts if they are within reason, but some organisations take the proverbial urine with labour charges.

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You really don't have to buy expensive Jeep/Chrysler parts or any other manufacturers come to that.

All 'consumables' from a reputable source are OK. I was quoted silly price for pads and discs for my Jag some time ago from Jag dealer. Went to local auto factors. When asked what they supplied they said 'the same ones we supply to the local Jag dealer'!!! And half the price.

I obtain Mahle filters for my 3 family vehicles at home, and they are Original Equipment on many car manufacturers. Most brake parts, ball joints, track rod ends, filters, etc can be obtained this way.

Only vehicle specific items like body parts need to come from dealer, and even some of these can be sourced elsewhere.

Interestingly a Diesel Fuel Filter for my KJ (reputable make and exactly the same as original) came in a box that stated - 'fits Land Rover Discovery, Ford Transit van, Chrysler ... and a few others!) and a lot less money. So - you pays yer money and takes yer choice. I know what I do.

 

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You really don't have to buy expensive Jeep/Chrysler parts or any other manufacturers come to that.

All 'consumables' from a reputable source are OK. I was quoted silly price for pads and discs for my Jag some time ago from Jag dealer. Went to local auto factors. When asked what they supplied they said 'the same ones we supply to the local Jag dealer'!!! And half the price.

I obtain Mahle filters for my 3 family vehicles at home, and they are Original Equipment on many car manufacturers. Most brake parts, ball joints, track rod ends, filters, etc can be obtained this way.

Only vehicle specific items like body parts need to come from dealer, and even some of these can be sourced elsewhere.

Interestingly a Diesel Fuel Filter for my KJ (reputable make and exactly the same as original) came in a box that stated - 'fits Land Rover Discovery, Ford Transit van, Chrysler ... and a few others!) and a lot less money. So - you pays yer money and takes yer choice. I know what I do.

 

Both the wheel bearing and the anti roll links in the list above were replaced less than 2 years or 17,000miles ago.  They were sourced from a third party called ChryslerJeep in London.  Obviously I expected the parts to last at least 50,000 miles so I am very disappointed.  In addition the o/s/f wheel bearing was originally replaced at the same time and had to be replaced again after about 12000 miles at a cost of £249 but this time the genuine part has been used.

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