Ball park service cost Kseries 1.6

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Ball park service cost Kseries 1.6

Im considering a purchasing a Caterham.  Would be really handy to know what the ownership costs after purchase will be.  Have sorted insurance and storage. 

The car im seriously looking at is low mileage 3500 and high years (2000).  The service history is pretty good but seems to have only done oil filter and plugs.  With the HT leads and coil being replaced 3 years ago.  So will need a service and cambelt.  What is the ball park cost for annual service and cambelt change on this engine from a reputable specialist? 

Does the brake fluid need replacing at any set interval?  Are there any other consumables on the car that need to be done every 1 or 2 years regardless of miles?  

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A suggested schedule. That includes brake fluid and hoses.

On Ks some experts suggest a time limit for cam belts regardless of mileage. And you have to make your own decision about the sump foam: mine's out, but if you leave it in again it should be changed by age not only by appearance.

I have Assembly Guides and Handbooks: let me know if you'd like any.

Jonathan

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Its very easy to do it all yourself ... including the cambelt. Brake fluid ideally every 3 years, otherwise water can be absorbed from the air and will sink down to the calipers. 3500 miles in 20 years is nothing ... not fair on the car ! Where are you based ?
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Yes hoping to do most stuff myself as I go on.  I think first off will get a full once over and fluids changed by Andy Belcher in Redhill.  Then will start the research and do things myself as i think needed.  Yes seems a shame car like this sitting unused in a garage.  Hoping to put that right! I live in Carshalton and Work in Caterham.  Thinking I will head along to my local meeting in Banstead.

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Home from home for me ... grew up in Caterham, married a girl from Carshalton High !
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Don’t forget that there is a Sevens & Classics at Brands Hatch. There were recently offering a special offer on servicing and I think they also publish service prices. It’s worth a call.

 

 

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James Whiting isn't in the right part of the country for you but his website publishes indicative servicing pricing here:  I couldn't tell you how up to date these are but it's a good starting point hopefully.

Good luck in your deliberations!

 

 

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My car is the same age as yours, and it is a very easy car to service yourself. In fact it is the only one of my fleet that I can still service myself! As a result, it's also the cheapest car to service.

Follow the advice shown above (and on Blatchat) and you will soon become very familiar with the car. Now there is no job on the car I would not happily tackle. Consumable items like filters and oil are readily available from motor factors.

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I'm in Carshalton myself and hope to get up to Banstead with the Seven once the weather improves - see you there!

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PGM are not too far away, just the other side of Horsham. They list their general service and flat floor set-up prices here.

Always give excellent service.

Chris

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With the club Halfords 10% voucher servicing can be really cheap! All the service items on any Seven are easy access & relatively straight forward for DIY.

Invest in tools, jack & axle stands which you will need however handy you are.

Today on a DIY basis most Seven minor servicing is about £30-£35 & a major £40-£50 dependent on where the service parts are sourced & of course the requirement for extras like new tyres, air filter, brake pads, change of coolant, WD40, LM grease, component changes.