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Martin

Wheel alignment cost

I have no experience at all, so what would you expect to pay?

Lindsay has been in for the warm chamois and wallet rifling treatment today, just a minor service, so 'only' £396, but that's better than the £470 I was expecting from the fixed price servicing section on the Porsche GB website, so it's not all bad.

They've suggested a wheel alignment (2 hours work apparently) would reduce the uneven tyre wear.  I don't think the tyre wear is all that uneven, but according to their measurement the fronts are about 1.5mm less worn on the outer edge and the rears about the same but on the inner edge.

They give you a long list of things checked with a RAG status and a cost for anything amber or red.  They have the alignment as red and a cost of £240, which they've said they would do for £180 as we're a loyal customer etc etc.

I think it makes sense to get it done, but don't want to pay too much.
TreVoR

It's about £100 too much for my liking unless they are corner weighting but it still seems excessive.

http://www.alignmycar.co.uk
Frank Bullitt

Agreed, it's about £100 too expensive.

I'd recommend The TT Shop, it's not much out of your way and three guys are very familiar with expensive cars, they offer two levels one for normal cars and one for those with more adjustable set-ups;

http://www.thettshop.com/4_wheel_laser_alignment.asp

They've done my A2 a couple of times now and the old DS4, no complaints at all
Andy C

Jacksons ford...

I think he charges £75 but because I get it done every year with the service and mot, he does it for £50

Had mine done last week and I can't recommend it enough
Martin

Thanks guys.  Sounds like it's well worth doing, just got to find a decent place that will do it for under £100, so I don't feel like I'm paying too much.
Twelfth Monkey

That's a steep price for a minor service, though I note your quotation marks!
Blarno

I paid £85 to have the Postbox aligned when none of the wheels was pointing where it should have been. At ABP in Cheshire, so a bit far for you....
Martin

Blarno wrote:
I paid £85 to have the Postbox aligned when none of the wheels was pointing where it should have been. At ABP in Cheshire, so a bit far for you....


That was my first thought as Chris is a friend of mine and I know he'd do a good job.  It would work if I was visiting my parents as they live close by, but no plans to do that without the kids his year.
Martin

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
That's a steep price for a minor service, though I note your quotation marks!


It is, but the budget was £630 as that was the cost estimate they gave us for a minor service when we bought the car, so it almost feels like a saving.  You've got to love man maths.
Roadrunner

I has the Benz alingnment done at jackson's on Sturday while some tyres were fitted. £79.95 on a proper Hunter machine.
Nice Guy Eddie

Centre of Gravity

http://www.centregravity.co.uk/

Absolute wizards in setting up cars. I know the Boxster isn't spending its life being ragged on track and road but do not underestimate the difference a proper set up does to the handling.
Tim

Martin wrote:
Twelfth Monkey wrote:
That's a steep price for a minor service, though I note your quotation marks!


It is, but the budget was £630 as that was the cost estimate they gave us for a minor service when we bought the car, so it almost feels like a saving.  You've got to love man maths.


The fixed price minor service for my 6 cylinder performance car is £176  
Obviously Porsche use oil that's been squeezed out of the ground by the delicate, loving hands of virgins.
Or something  
gonnabuildabuggy

Martin wrote:
Thanks guys.  Sounds like it's well worth doing, just got to find a decent place that will do it for under £100, so I don't feel like I'm paying too much.


Does it need it?

MK roundabouts are a bugger for causing uneven tyre wear on insides/outsides. Mine regular scrub on the edges far quicker than they should due to enthusiastic MK driving.

If we are talking 1.5mm I'd leave it.
Martin

It doesn't go to MK very often anymore.

For under £100 I think it's well worth doing.  I've looked at the link TreVor shared and the place where I got the tyres for the 535d (and was really impressed with) has a hunter machine so that might be the best / easiest option.

The place in Atherstone does look good but it's about an hour from work (in the wrong direction)
TreVoR

All of the places on that link have the hunter machine as it is part of their network.
PhilD

Re: Wheel alignment cost

Martin wrote:


They've suggested a wheel alignment (2 hours work apparently)




How is it 2 hours?!
Martin

No idea.
Roadsterstu

Andy C wrote:
Jacksons ford...

I think he charges £75 but because I get it done every year with the service and mot, he does it for £50

Had mine done last week and I can't recommend it enough


This, by the bucket load. Well worth a trip over.
Roadsterstu

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
Centre of Gravity

http://www.centregravity.co.uk/

Absolute wizards in setting up cars. I know the Boxster isn't spending its life being ragged on track and road but do not underestimate the difference a proper set up does to the handling.


Was going to suggest them as knowing Porsche stuff but think they are a good bit more pricey than Jacksons, who I would heartily recommend.
PR

Roadsterstu wrote:
Andy C wrote:
Jacksons ford...

I think he charges £75 but because I get it done every year with the service and mot, he does it for £50

Had mine done last week and I can't recommend it enough


This, by the bucket load. Well worth a trip over.


Another recommendation for Dan from me. You won't find anyone more expert.

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