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RAC roadside assistance, cheap computer check?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Ultra_Extreme, 31 May 2006.

  1. Ultra_Extreme

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    As some of u know, ive got problems with the 306 that are likely computer related.

    Local Pug dealer wants £30 for the computer error code check.....no problem. Then 58.95 p/h +VAT labour! Expect 3+ hours too!!!!

    So my dad suggested 'breaking down' and calling out RAC under his cover as a passenger. They now carry all the diagnostic kit for ECU's, at least according to their flyers etc.

    Anyone see a problem with this as a quick free assesment?
  2. ci_newman


    Joined: 24 Feb 2004

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    Location: Hook, Hants

    Alternatively you can buy an error code checker for £15 and plug it in yourself...
  3. Nathan


    Joined: 4 Feb 2003

    Posts: 4,634

    Location: West Midlands

    Not sure if you can buy a code reader for certain models. I know the GTI-6 you deffo cant and have to get it read professionally or buy a £3500 snapon reader :p
  4. Ultra_Extreme

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    was fairy sure the adapter was a few thousand's tbh
  5. ste_bla


    Joined: 9 Aug 2004

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    Location: Milton Keynes

    3 hours?

    When I had a engine problem with my old fiat it took 15 minutes to do..
  6. djbenjo


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,894

    Location: Manchester

    Ask them to just check the code and then take it to somewhere that charges a more reasonable amount?

    You can get the older style SnapOn code readers for about £1,500 now the new fangled all singing all dancing one is out :) But you wil also need the Pods which cost a fair few bob too :p