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My 2018 Cooper S works 210 is showing as due an oil change in 2800 miles or 01/2020 so i guess it's whichever comes first (so due this month)?
Looking at prices online at local dealers mine are quoting £184.77 for the service and an extra £25.20 for a standard scope?????
The standard scope i've read it to check for any fault codes and clear them and to update the service history into the car - shouldn't this be part of a service? what a rip off :(

Does anyone else go to a non main dealer (VAT registered and use genuine parts to keep warranty) or do you all use the stealers?
I'm waiting to hear back from a specialist who works on Ferraris, Porsches, etcwho says he has an account with BMW so can update the service info and record it on their database so warranty will be ok - worthwhile if it £50 or more less?
 

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My main dealer quoted £190. The local indie specialist quoted £165. As the car was already in the main dealers for its MOT and free TLC service (oil wasn’t due this year), it didn’t make sense to have to pick it up and take it elsewhere for the sake of £25, so I just got the dealer to do it.

To their credit, when I mentioned I could’ve got it for £165, they price matched it.

According to the indie specialist, the oil alone is over £100 and that’s why it’s so expensive.

Edit: I realise I could’ve saved a lot of money by doing it myself, but I don’t work on cars at all, and definitely don’t want to start dropping oil on my drive.
 

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I've heard owners paying less than £60 for oe spec oil and genuine filters and doing the work themselves when their cars are ut of warranty, seems a lot to pay £150 labour for less than 30 mins work

I'm trying to find any niggles i might have to make the dealers trip worthwhile, so far i've noted creaky front suspension at parking speeds (seems a common problem), wonder how much extra they'd charge to fit the front pro spoilers i have when it's already up on the ramps :unsure:
 

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On Thursday Stephen James charged £312 for an oil and filter change on my wife's F60 Cooper. Isn't it the same engine as a F56 Cooper?.
 

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I've heard owners paying less than £60 for oe spec oil and genuine filters and doing the work themselves when their cars are ut of warranty, seems a lot to pay £150 labour for less than 30 mins work

I'm trying to find any niggles i might have to make the dealers trip worthwhile, so far i've noted creaky front suspension at parking speeds (seems a common problem), wonder how much extra they'd charge to fit the front pro spoilers i have when it's already up on the ramps :unsure:
Call me cynical, but I’m guessing they’ll charge you the full price of the job. :)

On Thursday Stephen James charged £312 for an oil and filter change on my wife's F60 Cooper. Isn't it the same engine as a F56 Cooper?.
Suddenly...I feel like I got a bargain! ;)
 

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can't understand how they can charge an extra £90ish for a filter when you can buy them for £20
Because they can! They will probably tell you that you need front pads too, which most people seem to do despite the wear indicator not being on!

I am in a similar position soon, no TLC, and local indy can update the service history on the car, so will probably go indy.
 

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Because they can! They will probably tell you that you need front pads too, which most people seem to do despite the wear indicator not being on!

I am in a similar position soon, no TLC, and local indy can update the service history on the car, so will probably go indy.
How old/ how any miles has your done?
Mine is 3 years old in March and has done 13000 miles - i expected the warning to come on when the car was 2 years old (2 months time) or 18000 miles?
 

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Because they can! They will probably tell you that you need front pads too, which most people seem to do despite the wear indicator not being on!

I am in a similar position soon, no TLC, and local indy can update the service history on the car, so will probably go indy.
I had my 3 year service in October and within a few days of getting the car back a message popped up saying I’d need front pads in 3k. I took the car straight in and asked them about it. They said it’s just an estimate and, from the inspection carried out during the service, they had more like 5k left on them.

They also told me I can safely ignore the countdown unless the actual wear indicator pops on......and to take it in when the counter reaches zero so they can reset it if there’s life left in the pads.
 

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I had my 3 year service in October and within a few days of getting the car back a message popped up saying I’d need front pads in 3k. I took the car straight in and asked them about it. They said it’s just an estimate and, from the inspection carried out during the service, they had more like 5k left on them.

They also told me I can safely ignore the countdown unless the actual wear indicator pops on......and to take it in when the counter reaches zero so they can reset it if there’s life left in the pads.
At least they were honest about the pads, towards the end of the month dealers try to get extra work to meet their monthly targets
 

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At least they were honest about the pads, towards the end of the month dealers try to get extra work to meet their monthly targets
They’re the best manufacturer I’ve ever dealt with in terms of aftercare. I figured it was a BMW/MINI thing, but maybe I’ve just got a really good local dealer. :)
 

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They’re the best manufacturer I’ve ever dealt with in terms of aftercare. I figured it was a BMW/MINI thing, but maybe I’ve just got a really good local dealer. :)
Really glad you had a good experience. Sadly my experience has been quite poor. I wouldn't trust them at all.
 

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Really glad you had a good experience. Sadly my experience has been quite poor. I wouldn't trust them at all.
Sorry to hear that mate.

I’ve had my fair share of bad experiences with dealers in the past but I can’t fault the service team at my local MINI dealer. The sales team is a different story, but luckily I bought my car elsewhere. :)
 

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I found my old VW and Audi dealers great, worst ones i've ever dealt with have been 2 Ford ones - put me off buying new Fords ever again
 

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There is no way the oil costs £60-the oil filter is £20 and the oil max £30 if you shop around-max £40 . Sadly once the warranty is out /PCP we'll be servicing elsewhere i feel. I'd prefer to do it myself but worried re resale etc. I really is a simple job. The major service is even worse! Mini have gone from bargain basement servicing costs (if you had the tlc which used to be 5 years ) to totally rediculous!
 

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There is no way the oil costs £60-the oil filter is £20 and the oil max £30 if you shop around-max £40 . Sadly once the warranty is out /PCP we'll be servicing elsewhere i feel. I'd prefer to do it myself but worried re resale etc. I really is a simple job. The major service is even worse! Mini have gone from bargain basement servicing costs (if you had the tlc which used to be 5 years ) to totally rediculous!
I suppose as Mini as well as a lot of other marques don't have service books these days it's difficult for a buyer to know the exact service history of a used car. If you do the servicing yourself when the car is out of warranty and keep al the invoices for parts used then that would help sell to a private buyer.
A lot of buyers don't know how to access the service history on the car through the display (new buyers to the marque) so take the word of the seller.
Mini has a section on their price list for their "value servicing" but this is for cars over 3 years old, if the car is less than 3 years old it's a fortune as we have to pay extra just to keep the warranty.
The indy i used before still hasn't got back with a price so i guess i'll pay the extortionate dealer price, at least i wont need another service (apart from brake fluid change next year) for 2 years as i only do 5000 a year max
 

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I’ll bet you enjoyed the journey home though. :)
Tiring :sleep:
Drove the 1st 100 miles or so playing with the pro exhaust button as i couldn't get it to open, stopped at a services, switched car off and back on and it started working? worked ever since - weird - worked at dealers as he showed it opening
 
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