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Booked my car in at my local Ford dealership for its'3rd service and first MOT, due end of the month. I've booked it in a few days before the warranty runs out ... just in case !

Costs quoted are £340 for the (major) service, £55 for the MOT and £50 for an Air Con re-gas, which they recommend every 3 yrs.
So a grand total of £445.00 , assuming no problems with the MOT.

Ah well, bite the bullet i suppose !!
 

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One thing that I've learned during my brief period of B Max ownership is that you need full service history in order to be able to call on the Ford warranty, especially if you've bought a Powershift (which I know you haven't, John).

Mine has full history, fortunately, and I'm into the post-general warranty period where you can pick and choose your service provider without comeback. I use a local mobile mechanic who, whilst not the cheapest, is extremely thorough and will only use good quality parts.


Main dealer servicing seems exceedingly expensive to me, though as said above a necessary evil during the warranty period.
 

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Hi Hywel, i have just got home after collecting my B Max from it's 3rd service at the supplying dealer in Leicester. Mine will also be three years old at the end of this month. Price was £295, including 12 months comprehensive breakdown cover and my loyalty card discount. The dealer price for the M O T was way above what i pay just accross the road, so iwill get that sorted in the next few days.
Could not believe the cost of replacement spark plugs, £17.45 each!!! 10 bob each when i started driving! good job it only has three.
Still love the vehicle and hope to keep it for a lot longer.
 

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I think Ford must have hiiked their prices. They just charged me £199 for 1st service, said 2nd service would be £199 also and 3rd service would be £299.

I asked them to rotate the wheels, but they said that they dont take the wheels off. Some service, I thought so I asked what they did do. They said that they change the oil, oil filter and pollen filter. Not a lot of work for £199 is it.

I dont think they will be having it back next year as the warranty is only dependant on the service being done. It doesnt have to be done by a Ford dealer so long as it is done in accordance with the schedule.

Seriously, how much should it cost to change the bloody oil !!!
 

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Yes,I thought it was expensive - i'll probably use a local independent though after this one !
Also, noticed my windscreen not clearing properly on the passenger side this morning, so have informed Fords so to get it sorted same time as the service/MOT (under warranty.)
 

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Hywel S Wales said:
Yes,I thought it was expensive - i'll probably use a local independent though after this one !
Also, noticed my windscreen not clearing properly on the passenger side this morning, so have informed Fords so to get it sorted same time as the service/MOT (under warranty.)
They will tell you that you need new wiper blades at £50 per pair and unfortunately sir, these are consumables, so not covered by the warranty.
 

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Whilst my car was being serviced, I asked them to look at the auto wipers as I have them constantly set to max and they still dont sweep until I cannot see where I am going. They didnt do anything or make any comment in this regard about a system which is clearly unsafe.
 

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Hwel, The passenger side of your front windscreen not clearing properly may be due to low battery voltage caused by the recent cold weather. The battery power management system is designed that way.All main dealers do charge high prices for parts, and charge for oil by individual litre price even though they bulk buy. I serviced my own Ecoboost 1.0 last year as follows;
3 genuine Ford spark plugs -£25
5w/20 oil 5 litres £30
Ford oil filter £9
Mann air Filter £10
Pollen filter didn't need changing.

The air filter was the original factory fit. I bought the car 2nd hand from a main dealer 20k on the clock, 'just been serviced' and whenI removed the air filter it was obvious it had not been changed.
I also changed by front pads and discs and that cost just under £90. Main dealer wanted over £300!!


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In 2016 Ford dealer's service gave me these prices, in euros, for the first 100000 km... I hope they stay the same! :>




 

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Big difference between prices in Romania to here in the UK. We are being ripped off big time. Oneof the reasons I choose Ford is that the service and parts costs were cheaper, but not any more.

I am seriously considering doing my own servicing again. I am certainly capable of changing the oil, filter and pollen filter myself and an air filter is the easiest job on the planet.

It'sjust that I'm getting a bit older and these jobs are getting a bit more difficult for me, leaning, bending and crawling under cars, etc. But main dealer prices are now so high that a bit of pain and suffering is now worth £200 or £300.

I'm not convinced by the electrical management causing the wiper issue though. It ma be due to the long wiper blades not working so well once they are a little worn, Pegleg.Edited by: cianpars
 

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cianpars said:
But main dealer prices are now so high that a bit of pain and suffering is now worth £200 or £300.


You didn't mention the sporting side of the effort!..




As a saying here: "All evil is for good (end)!"
 

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I was referring to Hywel saying that the passenger side windscreen not clearing properly.I can only assume he is talking about HFS which the Power Management system can control.
Maybe I'm wrong.
 

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The problem is with the "Quickclear" i.e heated windscreen. I see some others have had the screen replaced. Will let you know what they do.
 

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Once your battery gets a to a decent state of charge, you may well find the problem solved.
 

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Once your battery gets a to a decent state of charge, you may well find the problem solved.
Ah, sorry, I thought Hywwl meant his wipers were not clearing. I agree that the HWS may well return to normal when the battery is charged up. I've read a few posts about this. I'm lucky in this respect as I don't do many short journeys.
 

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Hi all, if you look back to my ealier posts you will see that i had the screen problem this time last year and after lots of agro, eventually got the screen replaced. Fortunately it's been ok since.
I also share the view that i won't be taking the B Max back to the main dealer for any future services. 
 

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Update on this.

Car went in today. No problems - MOT passed o.k. Re the windscreen issue, they have taken a photo (to show screen clearing on driver side only)and sent it to Fords for approval.

Will let you know the outcome.
 

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Hywel (mainly), I have just had my 3rd year service as per the schedule and because I took the time to find a Ford specialist in my area who quoted £225 for the service, I then went in to the service manager at the Ford dealership, and he price matched the work. The discount was applied to the £90 per hour labour charge that ford charge. Everyone can do it, but you must approach the dealership personally. My MOT is due next week, not at the ford dealership though.
 
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