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Hi guys had my st a couple of months now and it's due it's 4th annual service. Anyone suggest a good quality garage in or around the leeds/Yorkshire area that's had good feedback.
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Hi guys had my st a couple of months now and it's due it's 4th annual service. Anyone suggest a good quality garage in or around the leeds/Yorkshire area that's had good feedback.
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dreamscience in hull do a full service including clutch and breakfluid for about 270 iirc, there's also pumaspeed near to you as well
 

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The ST is nothing special from a mechanical point of view so no need to take it to a so called ;specialist'.

Out of interest how much do the 'speciualists charge an hour?

£270 for 4th service sounds a heck of a lot, what is included (just oil, and filter, poss polen filter from recolection)

My mate does our lasses ST, my Elise and my company cars (I run the fleet) and he charges £40 an hour, he and his staff are enthusiast as well as a good mechanics (not just plug in to a computer style technicians) They also sorts a 700+ bhp Evo track car (MLR Sprint series winner last year)

So my advice is find someone local who knows what they are doing over going to a so called 'specialist'.

, while he does not have a 'big name', a rolling road, or create his own maps etc this all comes with an hikin in the laboutr rate so will not save you much over the main dealers silly rates.

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+1 Dreamscience

£145 gets you

Pollen filter change.
Oil and Oil filter change, (castrol edge sport 0w-40 fully synthetic), this ensures superior protection for both standard and highly modified engines!
New sump plug bung washer
Full vehicle check

£245 gets you

Pollen filter change.
Oil and Oil filter change, (castrol edge sport 0w-40 fully synthetic), this ensures superior protection for both standard and highly modified engines!
New sump plug bung washer
Full vehicle check
Focus RS mk2 Spark Plug upgrade
Pipercross panel filter, or air filter clean, dry and re-oil
Brake fluid change
 

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The ST is nothing special from a mechanical point of view so no need to take it to a so called ;specialist'.

Out of interest how much do the 'speciualists charge an hour?

£270 for 4th service sounds a heck of a lot, what is included (just oil, and filter, poss polen filter from recolection)

My mate does our lasses ST, my Elise and my company cars (I run the fleet) and he charges £40 an hour, he and his staff are enthusiast as well as a good mechanics (not just plug in to a computer style technicians) They also sorts a 700+ bhp Evo track car (MLR Sprint series winner last year)

So my advice is find someone local who knows what they are doing over going to a so called 'specialist'.

, while he does not have a 'big name', a rolling road, or create his own maps etc this all comes with an hikin in the laboutr rate so will not save you much over the main dealers silly rates.

ting bits, servicing and repairs
270 isnt a 4 th service, its a full service with ALL fluids changed, rs spark plugs and ALL filters changed which isnt a bad price in my opinion, and it replaces your old air filter with a kandn panel filter if your running standard.
 

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A major service at ford is £347. so both are cheaper
Benfield Ford on York Road wanted £389! When I said "I dont need a replacement air filter I have a K&N filter that I will clean myself" they said "Same price".

Exact reason why I dont like main dealers, once they have your money they aint bothered. Well, I wont tar all dealers with the same brush, but it just seems common for the 3 most local Ford garages to me.
 

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I use Pumaspeed in Wakefield and Dreamscience in Hull and can recommend both.

There's no one in Leeds I would recommend really and I live in Leeds too. Just don't trust anyone else to be alone with my car.
 

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The ST is nothing special from a mechanical point of view so no need to take it to a so called ;specialist'.

Out of interest how much do the 'speciualists charge an hour?

£270 for 4th service sounds a heck of a lot, what is included (just oil, and filter, poss polen filter from recolection)

My mate does our lasses ST, my Elise and my company cars (I run the fleet) and he charges £40 an hour, he and his staff are enthusiast as well as a good mechanics (not just plug in to a computer style technicians) They also sorts a 700+ bhp Evo track car (MLR Sprint series winner last year)

So my advice is find someone local who knows what they are doing over going to a so called 'specialist'.

, while he does not have a 'big name', a rolling road, or create his own maps etc this all comes with an hikin in the laboutr rate so will not save you much over the main dealers silly rates.

ting bits, servicing and repairs
Your lucky to have someone you can trust with your cars, I don't think it's a reason to start complaining about specialists though.
I personally have found both Dreamscience and Pumaspeed to be significantly cheaper than main dealers.
I've never gone to either with a problem to be told they want an hours labour charge just to drive it into the workshop. Both have diagnosed me faults for free and on occasion fixed them for free or told me how to do it, no Ford dealership will do that.
 

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£240 for the services you mentioned seems quite reasonable, yes you may get it cheaper else where but it is not far off the mark.

Most places charge you extra for a brake fluid change which in my opinion is just as important as an oil change, brake fluid should be done at least every 2 years in my opinion!

I still do not think the ST is a car that needs a 'specalist' to work on it unless you having the car modded with things other than bolt on bits, changing fluids and standard servicing is something any decent garage could do (or you could even do it yourself if you really wanted to).

If it were something like TVR, Morgan, Lotus, Porche, GTR etc. where due to different chassis, configerations can cause additional issues/unusual things to look out for or requiring specialist methods of repair etc. or where a main dealer/speciallist stamp or lack of it will have a big effect on resale etc, then specialists are more important and better than the main dealer in my opinion, but for an ST I personally don't see the point (unless on your doorstep and the price is reasonable)

I used to go over 100 miles each way to have the Elise serviced, but when I decided it was a keeper so not bothered about the resale value, and as I have someone I trust etc, the general servicing and bolt on bits I do with my mate, and now only visit a specialist when it needs their specific knowledge and equipment etc.
 
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