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Sooooo.....

It's looking like it's going to be a very expensive Xmas for me as I'm just looking at booking the 5th service (and potentially buying the battery, but that's a different matter)

Anyway, the recommended services via the app are the basic service at £120 and the coolant change at £356, with additional services such as brake fluid (£377) and the 12v battery popping up (£163)

The 12v condition looks good (monitored via the cig. lighter, plus canze), so I'm happy to leave that, but the service, mot, coolant and brakes means I'm looking at approx. £900!

So, what have others done or are planning on doing at year 5? I presume the coolant is needed to get the service stamp, but what about the brakes? Obviously I want it to be safe, but that is a lot of money to be shelling out on one single service.

Thoughts welcome, even if it's just to say suck it up :-(
 

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I was just looking at Zoe prices on AT. What you’ve just highlighted would be good to bear in mind if you’re contemplating buying a four and a half year old one. And it would be especially important to check the service history of one that is 5 years or more old. I wonder how many owners would bite the bullet and spend £1k on a vehicle that is seemingly running perfectly?
 
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sometimes you just got to own it, drive it, and enjoy it lol - pointless keep giving it services and not really knowing how much longer it would have just carried on working fine without servicing it , especially at 5 years age vintage :)
 

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Ops...thats will be painful. Renault really needs to look at the pricing. It is not enough that you are paying 5 years for the battery lease but £900.00 for a service on top....I know that as much as I like my Zoe, once when the spring arrives I am changing EV with something that I will own 100%, including the "fuel tank" 😁
In the mean time.....if you are planing to buy the battery and keep the car, yes you better bite the bullet and get it done.
 

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I was sort of relieved last year as the brake fluid change wasn't done (or even mentioned) but if it has to happen this year, it just makes it a very expensive year.

I think I'll give them a ring, see what they say.
 

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We all need to make the market work. £163 to change a £50 12V battery, which you can swap yourself!

Phone up a number of dealers and get quotes for the work. The quotes I get for standard services vary wildly, even from Renault dealers if phoned. At these prices it's worth travelling once every 5 years, especially if you can fit it in with a trip you would be making anyway. You could always have a free night in a hotel for the savings.

Also worth trying to find a local independent EV specialist HEVRA- Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Repair Alliance.
 

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As others have said, shop around.

The basic service cost can be reduced if you remove the pollen filter part (then do it yourself). Sometimes they charge for screen wash, wipers etc.

Same with the battery, you can save a few quid by buying and fitting yourself. You should do this if it’s 5 years old, otherwise you might get stranded somewhere.

Coolant and brake fluid should just be tested and replaced if there is contamination. This is a more environmentally friendly approach. Ask the garage if they are willing to do this.

Because of regen braking these cars really shouldn’t need fluid changes as much as an ICE.
 

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Servicing is never cheap at main dealers. There just aren't the independents around to do it cheaper in many areas.

If that's year 5 then dump the car in year 4? One year's battery lease and servicing is going to be £1500 at least Might be cheaper to change. Also you have to add in £300 for extending the warranty on the car too. An out of warranty Zoe is not something you want.

If you are within battery range of Morecombe it's worth asking @Badger in Black what their all in servicing costs are for all of those.
 

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Have you tried booking online, you can select what you want serviced Renault Service Booking - Select vehicle
Cheers. This is where I got the prices from quoted above. I'm trying to contact the dealer directly to confirm the price and exactly what they recommend doing.

I'd suggest getting a comparison quote from here:
DSG Renault Morecambe
Morecombe is unfortunately waaay too far out the way to get to, even if it were free (I'm Midlands based) but looking at the prices on the link above, a 12v battery change is more expensive, but everything else is way cheaper, especially the fluid change at £180. No mention of the coolant change online, but it looks like it maybe cheaper looking at the rest of the prices.

Anyway, I think I have a plan of attack: get a quote straight from my local dealer, not via the app and probably like last time, only change the brake fluid if it needs it. I'm pretty sure that was deemed unnecessary in year 4, but if it needs doing in year 5 like the coolant, then that's a bummer.

I'll keep you all posted with what finally happens

Thanks all
 

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Morecombe is unfortunately waaay too far out the way to get to, even if it were free (I'm Midlands based) but looking at the prices on the link above, a 12v battery change is more expensive, but everything else is way cheaper, especially the fluid change at £180. No mention of the coolant change online, but it looks like it maybe cheaper looking at the rest of the prices.
I'd still get a quote, you can then use it as a bargaining tool with your local Renault dealer, they may price match.
 

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Any ammunition you can have to hand to go back to your dealer is going to be helpful.

As far as I know the coolant and brake fluid change are both "recommended" not compulsory. You can just ask them to check them and report back their findings so you can make the decision.
I had 5 years service cost me £78 and got the stamp in the book. I had personally already checked both fluids and they were fine but never even got asked about them from the dealer.
 

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The brake fluid change and coolant change are, I believe, both supposed to be expensive because they require the HV to be isolated, which is time consuming. Doesn't if follow that if you have them both done at the same time there should be a discount? I'd certainly ask for one. It shouldn't cost the sum of the costs of separate brake fluid and coolant changes, each done in isolation!
 

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there is also the hevra garages to consider, but if you can save enough to pay for a weekend stay, then treat the missus to a trip up to dsg and have a couple of days out ;)
 

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Thanks for all the useful advice. Much appreciated.

So, I've spoken to the dealer and it's popping up on their screens it needs the service and the coolant doing with the age and mileage. No need for the brake fluid or 12v change (although they will check both), so that's a relief at this stage as it would have just added to costs.

So all in with the MOT, that's £530 (barring no work for the MOT)

They aren't the cheapest for any of the above services, but hey ho, it could be a lot worse and means I can spread some of the cost into year 6 (if I still have it of course, then it's the next owners problem)

So yes, another part of the learning experience with EVs as they get older, but I'm looking at it like a cambelt change in an ICE. Owning any car has the potential to be expensive at times.

So, thanks again all. I'll be sure to post in a years time moaning about the cost of a fluid and 12v battery change :)

Until then, stay safe all

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Thanks for all the useful advice. Much appreciated.

So, I've spoken to the dealer and it's popping up on their screens it needs the service and the coolant doing with the age and mileage. No need for the brake fluid or 12v change (although they will check both), so that's a relief at this stage as it would have just added to costs.

So all in with the MOT, that's £530 (barring no work for the MOT)

They aren't the cheapest for any of the above services, but hey ho, it could be a lot worse and means I can spread some of the cost into year 6 (if I still have it of course, then it's the next owners problem)

So yes, another part of the learning experience with EVs as they get older, but I'm looking at it like a cambelt change in an ICE. Owning any car has the potential to be expensive at times.

So, thanks again all. I'll be sure to post in a years time moaning about the cost of a fluid and 12v battery change :)

Until then, stay safe all

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I've just had the same. I try to think of it as the equivalent of a cambelt change on an ice. Be thankful, heard coolant change on eniro £800! Don't know if that's true.
 
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