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    I recently bought a 2002 Peugeot 206 GTi.

    It would be great to know if there are any good (recommended) NSW Central Coast based mechanics that I can take my new toy to, to be serviced. There do not seem to be any problems I can identify, however I would like to have it get a thorough seeing to prior to renewing rego.

    On the flip side, if there are any mechanics I should avoid, I would greatly appreciate knowing these too.

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    Hi Andy,

    Welcome to

    Congratulations on the new toy.
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    I've no personal experience of either, but there are two at the edge of your neck of the woods that get mentioned here quite a bit - one at Hornsby Heights (Hantos) and another at Cessnock (Goodwin). Try a forum search for other people's comments. There's a dealer at Gosford.

    Most of us get our bits and bobs delivered by the courier services from the likes of EAI: European Auto Imports, or French Connection or Dapco (see forum sponsors). With a little knowledge of where to get stuff (rarely dealerships) French cars are not expensive to run. Even Ebay can be useful. The specialist mechanics know this too.

    The most important service for a second-hand Frog is the timing belt. If you don't have proof of when it was last done (eg an invoice), do it NOW. The valves in these engines will strike the pistons if the belt fails.

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    They used to have a good rep, don't know if they still do

    Peugeot P 504 Services Sydney

    Motor Engineers & Repairers - Waitara, NSW

    5 James St, Waitara NSW 2077
    Phone(02) 9476 6066


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    I don't know if Port Macquarie still qualifies as being Central Coast or North Coast, but I recently had my 407 repaired by John Patrick Prestige in Port Macquarie after it crapped itself just north of Kempsey and can only say good things about them. The car was in the workshop for some time due to indentifying the problems which ended up being resolved by Kuala Lumpur but during the entire ordeal John Patrick kept me informed and updated on the progress.

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    Thanks Guys

    I'll look into all your recommendations. There is a place right near my work called East Coast European in Erina which I'll do some digging on.

    In regards to the timing belt, I do believe I have proof that it was changed within the past 9 months or so. The previous owners were very thorough with keeping receipts and service history so I will double check. Thanks for the heads up.

    Andy

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    I thought my suggestions were a bit on the outer edge, but I think Port's just too far away, no matter how good the mechanic. The Central Coast is the southern part of the county of Northumberland - so from the Hawkesbury River up to the southern half of Lake Macquarie. South Newcastle sphere of influence if you like.

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    Update: I just spoke to a bloke at East Coast European.

    They sound pretty good so far, been around 25+ years etc. vast majority of their work is Peugeot, Renault and Citroen.

    A basic service (once over check) was about $120, if I want the service with more bells and whistles, i.e. all fluids and filters changed etc. and depending on what else needs doing, I'm looking at $280+

    How does that sound to you more seasoned frogs?

    I am happy to pay for servicing as I saved quite considerably on the purchase of the car. Rego is due in August as well so I thought now is a good time to sort any potential niggles out before they become issues.

    Thoughts, comments??

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    Hi guys

    Just going through the service receipts etc, it appears the car has done just over 53000km since the timing belt was changed...

    Is now a good time to sort this? Or has it got a few more km's in the bag?

    Thanks

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    The interval is 80k/4yrs.

    Quite often as cars become more mature it tends to be other items like the water pump or idler/tensioner pulleys that need replacing as well. It's not uncommon for the current crop of water pumps to be weeping or bearings completely shagged after 4 yrs, for example.
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    Thanks for that.

    I have the car booked in for a check over servicing next week. The bloke on the phone said that the frequency of the timing belt change could vary depending upon the engine code etc. and he will let me know what he thinks when he takes a look at it... I will keep in mind what you said when he gets back to me.

    The invoice that includes the timing belt change also states that the front and rear of the 'weeping water pump' was replaced at the same time. As I said, this was about 53000km ago.

    Thanks again for the advice.

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    I use Gosford European Car Services at West Gosford for my DS3. My dad also uses them for his Megane and so does my business partner for her Audi Q3.

    His wife has a 206GTI race car.
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    Was 2010 VW Golf R.

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    Leeroy99 didn't have such a good experience with them, but we only hear one side of some tales.

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    True.

    I've only had a good run with them and recommended them to others.

    When was the issue?

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    Wrong username. Leeroy99 is a semi-regular poster on the UK French Car Forum.

    Here's the thread in question: Laguna 2.2dci timing belt replacement

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    Didn't know East Coast European had changed hands. When I last used them, they were OK. Had lots of Volvos, a few BMs, couple of Reggies, but no other Pugs/Cits in their workshop.

    The West Gosford workshop appears to have as many follows as detractors. Have used. Expensive, but still couldn't fix my 405 SRi's stalling.

    Didn't know about Hornsby Height (Hantos), so took the SRi to the lads at "P504 Services" @ Waitara. They identified & fixed the problem within an hour. SRi running like new. So impressed, I've taken the Mi to them for a service & a couple of minor issues. I'll continue using them.

    However, if East Coast Euro are close to work, I'd at least give them a try.

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    I've have only good things to say about east coast European. I recently broke down on the freeway on my way to Brisbane in my renault cleo. Tow truck driver from Nrma said there the best on the coast, so I said tow it straight there.
    On arrival they got my detail and asked me to discribe what happened when the car stopped. Then that afternoon I had a call explaining in detail about my fuel pump that failed and a very reasonable price to do the job.
    The next afternoon I was back on the freeway to Brisbane.
    i would recommend them to anyone. I'm considering driving from sydney for them to do my regular servicing (cheaper than sydney workshops and very honest too)
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