In my experience, a lot of backstreet garages, when they need to take
them off to do any work, they never replace them.
Or worse still, damage them, lose some of the fixings and only half
fix so that it falls off when you go through a pothole or over
a speed bump.
I've had my car since a year old.
15 years on I found out there was supposed to be an undertray under the
engine. There never has been. Main dealer serviced only up to that
point... it's not just the backstreet boys.
Indeed. Neighbours SIL bought an 06 Insignia in 2011. first owner
was Enterprise car rentals and the sevice book showed full service
by a Vauxhall main agent in Slough and indicated that plugs and
air filter had been replaced at correct mileage. ....
except that the air-cleaner and the pollen filter were almost
black with shite and both had manufacturing dates of early 2006
which means they were the originals from new. !!
A mate used to take on quite a few company vehicles in his garage if
they kept them on after the warranty period.
They were all typically 'stamped up' with the right service stamps
from the main dealer but it was obvious many things had never been
checked / adjusted / replaced.
Cheers, T i m
Some years ago I had a Seat Ibiza - the first model produced entirely
under VW control. I damaged the undertray in a flood, and the dealer,
when i asked about the (not insgnicant) cost of a new one , they said
"don't bother, we take them off the high-mileage Inca (VW Caddy) vans
because all the fixings wear out with all the oil changes", so I didn't
bother, but now personally I'd rather have them for the dirt and noise
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