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Discussion in 'VF Holden Commodore (2013 - 2017)' started by RoganJosh, Aug 25, 2013.
Its probably a sign of Holden's future...
^ sad but probably true...
No, it said they still do the servicing but go to Sutton's City for new car sales.
I rang my local Holden dealer to book my VF calais 6.0 in for its 150,000 km service....$1150!!
They said new spark plugs, plus transmission service with fluid change, etc
Has anyone used a non-Holden service place for a major service like this?
Holden does not necessarily have a binding right to servicing a transmission; that can be done at any place specialising in transmissions!
I went to a small independently-owned and run service centre, and the cost was higher than Holden's! Be careful where you throw the darts...
The reason is that Holden dealers are part of a network, while smaller independents are on their own feet and have to pay escalating labour costs without network benefits. If your car is out of warranty, it can be serviced by any business e.g. MIDAS, UltraTune, FluidTrans... many places...
The 195,000km service on my old 2006 VZ Executive wagon was $960 plus $400 labour. Holdens was $740.
The currency of warranty has no bearing on where one can get their vehicle serviced as long as it is done to manufacturer's specifications.
Like VS 5.0 said, it doesn't matter if your car is out of warranty, it can be serviced by any MTA accredited mechanic & it retains warranty.
There're two potential problems with doing that.
The first is stuff like the latest firmware, Joe Bloggs Workshop won't have it so won't be able to install it. Having said that, the dealer generally doesn't either if that dealer is a Holden dealer.
The second is resale ... dealer stamp in your service book means something to many buyers. But for me, the reduced amount of damage to the car makes it worth going to an independant mechanic & outweighs any positives (plus we intend on keeping it pretty much forever - LS3 doesn't mean as much to my better-half as not having an all-black interior - apologies to any k1w1's - and having a car in her favourite colour).
Hi all dose anyone know what these fasteners are called/where to get them? (Other then Holden as I haven’t got time at the moment)
there from the rear wheel wells.
Torx screws. Try Bunnings or a fastener place.
^ Going back 10 years, there were a large number of suppliers of bolts, washers, and bearings but most have gone the way of the dodo Sadly Bunnings will never completely fill such shoes in a country devoid of manufacturing industries, especially if one wants big washers with small bolt holes
Occasionally one can get luck with Bunnings but in this case I have some reservations.
I previously work at a bolt shop and stripped one of these on the front while I worked there. We didn't have torx in screws (and you be hard pressed to find these unless you go to holden or wreckers) so I changed both sides over to Phillips pan head with panel washers. I think they were 14g. If you don’t have a bolt shop near you just measure the length and Bunnings should have them in packs.
Haven't had trouble, its easier to find a Phillips screw driver than a torx and If I strip one again I can just go back to my old boss and say I need 1 of these.
Re the bolts, OP was in Brisbane. There would be a "Specialty Fasteners" (as the shop is called here in tiny Canberra). They will have them, or be able to get them.
Which brings me to my current dilema. I know its not directly VF related, but it is in a way.
The places to get various parts should not be a secret. We are a forum, and should share this type of info to keep our cars on the road.
I am in the market for a new car. My VX let me down once (first time, and only a few months ago) and now I just dont trust it. (Sad..)
I would LOVE to buy one of those new ZB RSV wagons they are selling off for just about 1/2 price. That's well within a "cash price buy" for me.
But how do I know there will be part available for it in 5 years time? What is a "computer" dies? Yes, I can fix that IF I have the information available.
Will forums such as this exist? Where the cars are popular, yes, look at the 1UZ-related forums. Parts still available for engines built in 1989!
Or I could buy a good 2nd hand VF2. They have their foibles but still made in Oz so reliable, and parts SHOULD be available for a while.
Maybe its up to us, via these forums, to provide the support for members? Sharing parts availability, repair processes, making parts then selling them?
All thoughts for the future.
I'm still going to test a ZB RSV wagon though!
Happy 2020 folks. I see many if not all the Chev SS's in the US have the shark fin antenna fitted. Does anyone know why our Aussie SV6's etc didn't get them? If I was to replace the original black whip with the shark fin model, will this affect radio performance or upset the nav system? Cheers.
the sharkfin being smaller is not quite as good for reception but wouldnt matter in suburbia
from memory i dont think the shark fin has gps antenna
Yeah, I have a similar but vague recollection where there were issues using the shark fin antenna but it was more an AM/FM issue rather than GPS issue. See this thread
As is, GM offer onstar (CDMA/GSM based), xm (satellite) radio, DAB and GPS as well as AM/FM in many vehicles within the states. So I’d suspect there are shark fin antenna that incorporates some variation of these frequencies along with antennas in other locations, within for example a rear window. Seems finding an appropriate base with appropriate connectors for our cars is the challenge.
I have a chev SS shark fin antenna on my ute, as I can throw the tonneau over it to load or unload.
The GPS works fine, but the radio part does not work at all as it is a different system. I have run a separate wire for the radio to the top of the windscreen and it works fine in the city. Not as good as the original though.
ah yes, thats the one
I went in to Holden the other day and found the part number for rear bumper screws if anyone is interested.
And there $2.80ea
Looks like the screws that attach the front wheel well liner.
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