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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-31-2018, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Wanted to see what you guys are paying for maintenance.

Engine oil and filter
Transmission oil
Radiator flush
Brake fluid flush
OE Drive belt
OE Air filter
Spark Plugs
Coilover install
Alignment

While on this topic, any recommendations of what brand of fluids/oils etc to use?

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The prices seem very reasonable, but I do all my own fluids so I can't directly compare.

I can say that $100 for an alignment is very cheap. So cheap that it seems like a Firestone or other tire shop price as opposed to a suspension specialist.
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$100 alignment is actually from West End Alignment in Gardena CA.. very well known for track and race cars.. knowledgeable guy, top notch work, old school methods with strings, weights, none of that “if its in the green, its good” bs
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There is no differential oil

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There is no differential oil
That is to say, the differential is integrated into the transmission, so you don't change the oil separately.
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There is no differential oil
That is to say, the differential is integrated into the transmission, so you don't change the oil separately.
Ah thats right
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Ttt any more pricing for reference?
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Ttt any more pricing for reference?
https://www.simplysportscars.com/en/servicing-repair

Pick your model from the tabs, remember the pricing is in AUD.
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what are you guys paying for coilover install prices?
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Since no one answered with actual experience, I'll say what I would expect. I'd expect 1-2hr labor on the literal installation of the coilovers, but then you also would need to pay for ride height, corner balance, and alignment. With new coil overs, it will take longer than if you were just tweaking an existing setup. 3-4 hours? Kinda depends on if its a race shop with strings or if they have electronic equipment. If labor rate is $125/hr, you can do the math.

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Whole thread on maintenance costs without mentioning what car we're talking about, Elige or Evora? Surely they will be different to some extent?

I'm surprised that Darrin's alignment is that cheap.

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If you are looking for maintenance in SoCal, Harry at A1 is very reasonable, but more importantly, they know what they are doing and have fantastic customer service.
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Whole thread on maintenance costs without mentioning what car we're talking about, Elige or Evora? Surely they will be different to some extent?

I'm surprised that Darrin's alignment is that cheap.
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Darrins the best hands down. Just not sure if hes ever worked on an Elige
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If you are looking for maintenance in SoCal, Harry at A1 is very reasonable, but more importantly, they know what they are doing and have fantastic customer service.
Ive gotten multiple reccomendations for Harry @ A1. Thats a good start
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Since no one answered with actual experience, I'll say what I would expect. I'd expect 1-2hr labor on the literal installation of the coilovers, but then you also would need to pay for ride height, corner balance, and alignment. With new coil overs, it will take longer than if you were just tweaking an existing setup. 3-4 hours? Kinda depends on if its a race shop with strings or if they have electronic equipment. If labor rate is $125/hr, you can do the math.
Sounds right

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I'm torn. I have no idea why you'd spend money on coilovers and not set them up to perform their best (which includes a corner balance), but the practical side of me thinks that most people driving on the street would have a hard time differentiating.

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Elise

Darrins the best hands down. Just not sure if hes ever worked on an Elige
Darrin has. I used to take my 911 there so last week I went by to ask a question about the ride height on my Elise. He said he's worked on lots of Eliges.

+1 for Harry. Very good and very reasonable.

If you are interested in labor times for some of the items in your first post, I can check my service receipts from the Covina Dealer (RIP). Had a lot of fluid changes there (oil, brakes, trannie) plus plugs, drive belt.

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Harry or Jack. I think Jack is doing more of the Lotus stuff at the shop in Alhambra, there are always 3-4 Loti there. Either way great place.
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