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I'm due my first B service and have had a couple quotes done and there has been a shocking range in price differences. Anywhere from $3000 - $5000 USD. What has everybody else experienced?

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I believe that I got a quote a while ago from Viking Motorsports (So Cal) for around 1100-1200. However, I don't remember if that includes the timing belt adjustment.

I believe the B services involves with mostly inspection + timing belt adjustment + renew most fluids.

You can contact www.vikingmotorsports.com & perhaps get some idea of how much he charges.

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I'm due my first B service and have had a couple quotes done and there has been a shocking range in price differences. Anywhere from $3000 - $5000 USD. What has everybody else experienced?
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LOTUS, like ferrari always charge TOP dollar.. a call to lotus in springfield last week basically they told me the esprit maintenance is now equal to ferrari maintenance per hour..

so it's a butt rape without question.. find a good local mechanic you trust and you will save enough money to buy another 100k car.. no joke.

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The last time I had a B service done (2005) at the Lotus Dealership it was just under $1000. This included changing all fluids (brake, coolant, power steering, transmission fluid and oil & filter). They also checked (not replaced) the cam belts (this was free from lotus under warranty - $250 savings).

This year I performed the B service myself. I purchase a "Motive Products Power Bleeder Kit to flush out the brake and clutch fluid. I used Valvoline synthetic brake fluid from AutoZone. Total cost for the brake flush was under $100 (bleeder kit was $80). While wheels are up in the air check wheel bearings for wear and noise.

I purchase the transmission fluid from the lotus dealership (Castrol stuff) that was $120. Also check the transmission output seals for leaks. Mine were leaking agian ( they were replaced last yr by dealership and will be replaced under dealership warranty - they forget to replace the o-rings... I think).

Flush Power steering fluid. I used the Valvoline synthetic from Autozone ($10). Disconnect the hose from the steer rack to the fluid reservoir (driver side

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My next service with the Loti agent will be due in another 7K miles or another year in my case. I am looking at $1K NZD and labour is only $60+ gst/hr. The guy is busy busy busy, its no wonder!!! Ive already asked how much to replace a new clutch kit if need be and its nearly half the price of my Audi which comes in at $2K. Its just always OEM replacement parts that are going to be a killer in my case, otherwise its like servicing a Toyota...........a VERY fast one that tis :o

We try and do alot of preventative maintenance ourselves where we can. I hate waiting for things to be fixed and spend every other Sat morning buttering up the service agent with choc buscuits and making him tea so he can quickly tweak something for me which I really appreciate. He jokingly threatens to pull the roller door down when he hears me coming down the street :P

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The B service doesn't include replacing the belts, I think the C service is the one that includes replacing belts.

I believe it's around $1900 at Viking for replacing belts ONLY. What they do though, not just replacing belts, they also replace all tensioners & pulleys, just to make sure everything would work perfect after the replacement.

Give them a call to get the info.

Alan

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The B service doesn't include replacing the belts, I think the C service is the one that includes replacing belts.

There is no C service on a V8 only A & B - A every year or 6,000 miles; B every 6 years or 36,000 miles.

Manual says cam belts shold be changed every 72,000 miles or 8 years but most people change them more frequently than that.

Dave - 2000 Sport 350
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According to the Letter I received from Lotus USA they state Lotus Cars USA will cover timing belt adjustments and a one time belt renewal under a goodwill up to 8 years or 80,000 miles whichever is sooner from the date of vehicle registration.

They recommend that belt tension and adjustment should be performed every 12,000 miles or 18 months (whichever is sooner) and the 1st timing belt renewal is 36,000 miles or 4-1/2 years (which ever is sooner). Lotus USA only covers the belts and the labor for the 1st time renewal (under a good will policy) and any additional parts (adjustors, pulleys, etc.) are not included and are the owner

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