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Not sure if this is the place to ask this but..... I need to have the wiring harness changed on my car - its the drivers side rear door - vauxhall want to charge me £160 for the pleasure. I can…
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7y, 3m agoPosted 7 years, 3 months ago
Not sure if this is the place to ask this but.....

I need to have the wiring harness changed on my car - its the drivers side rear door - vauxhall want to charge me £160 for the pleasure.

I can get the part direct from a supplier for £45 and another garage would fit it for me for beteween £15-£30.

The only thing stopping me is my lack of car knowledge. What happens if there is something I'm missing - should I be taking into account anything else as I'm told its a plug and play job - should be easy.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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7y, 3m agoPosted 7 years, 3 months ago
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#1
how old is your car?? is it still under warranty?
if its an older car with no warranty then i would go for the cheaper option as they will do the same job as vauxhall but if you still have a warranty it will invalidate it.
corinne
#2
What year/model Astra?
#3
rosalie;6866321
how old is your car?? is it still under warranty?
if its an older car with no warranty then i would go for the cheaper option as they will do the same job as vauxhall but if you still have a warranty it will invalidate it.
corinne


Sorry but thats not true. You can have your car serviced or repaired at ANY reputable garage while still maintaining the warranty. The dealerships say things like that to try and keep themselves in business, but if you phone up the vehicle manufacturer they will tell you it can be done anywhere.
#4
Depends on how respectable the fitting garage is, if there is a problem when they have finished you do not want them holding a hand out for cash saying there is something wrong with the wiring loom. It may be wiorth you asking them how much to supply and fit to take it out of the equation. May cost a litlle more but would give you a bit more cover...
#5
suchafunkymonkey
Sorry but thats not true. You can have your car serviced or repaired at ANY reputable garage while still maintaining the warranty. The dealerships say things like that to try and keep themselves in business, but if you phone up the vehicle manufacturer they will tell you it can be done anywhere.


The Garage has to be VAT registered and use OEM parts in order to keep the warrenty vaild.
#6
Guys thanks for you responses

Its an 04 plate so warranty has run out anyway.

The garage I have phoned is a propre garage its not a dodgy one or anything. My only concern is, for that cheap price I have to supply the part, which is fine, Id rather do that and they'll charge labour. So they are only going to fit the part I supply its not like they are saying they will solve my origional problem.

Its I whos trying to piece together the information Vauxhall has supplied and come up with this harness needing replacing - I'm just worried incase it causes any more problems. On one hand £90 is alot to save but on the other if something else goes wrong it might cost me more anyway.

What to do?????
#7
Head over to http://www.astraownersclub.com/ and register with their forums.

They are a great source of information, as I had an Astra my self.

hth
#8
Hello,

Can you explain what the problem is ??
#9
Which model Astra? I had an Astra which developed a fault (wouldn't start or if left a while it would start and then cut out) and the garage suggested lots of different causes, wiring harness, pump etc and estimated £1200 to fix. In the end I did some research and found out it was the ECU which cost me £80 and 5 minutes to fix it myself. The garage wanted £450 for the ECU.
#10
The problem is ,

When I press the button on the key for the central locking the rear door doesn't lock. I was woried it was going to be the mechanism and be very expensive but I took it to vauxhall for a check and quote.

Luckily I told them not to do any work which would cost unless they called me first. Some mechanic did a diagnostic which should have been chargable so found the exact fault. this wiring harness. But becasue I told them not to do any chargable work they couldnt charge me for it ( I dont think they were happy).

The confusing thing is , I phoned the place to get a new wiring harness and they told be £45 but could I order it 2days in advance as they dont have them in stock. When I went to get my car back from Vauxhall I pplayed dub a bit and asked what exactly the problem was and she just told me the rear door harness - So I said 'OK if I get you to do the work shall I let you know in advance so you can get any needed parts' I was told no becasue it was a repair job not a new part I needed. ??????

So how is it that to repair it is £160 but I can get a new part and fitted for £60 - this is why I want to make sure Im doing the right thing.
#11
Vauxhall have a very high markup on parts and labour. Something like this shouldn't go so early surely?
#12
Cobain67;6867191
The problem is ,

When I press the button on the key for the central locking the rear door doesn't lock. I was woried it was going to be the mechanism and be very expensive but I took it to vauxhall for a check and quote.

Luckily I told them not to do any work which would cost unless they called me first. Some mechanic did a diagnostic which should have been chargable so found the exact fault. this wiring harness. But becasue I told them not to do any chargable work they couldnt charge me for it ( I dont think they were happy).

The confusing thing is , I phoned the place to get a new wiring harness and they told be £45 but could I order it 2days in advance as they dont have them in stock. When I went to get my car back from Vauxhall I pplayed dub a bit and asked what exactly the problem was and she just told me the rear door harness - So I said 'OK if I get you to do the work shall I let you know in advance so you can get any needed parts' I was told no becasue it was a repair job not a new part I needed. ??????

So how is it that to repair it is £160 but I can get a new part and fitted for £60 - this is why I want to make sure Im doing the right thing.


If its only a repair job then the wiring harness is fine and its probably a loose wire in the connector. To be honest, its not a difficult job to do it. You'd be better off spending £15 on a haynes manual (section 11.8) and then £10 on a multimeter and then removing the harness yourself and checking it manually. If it can be fixed easily, you've saved yourself a few quid, if it needs replacing it'll cost you another £45, but you still gain a haynes manual and experience of fixing faults yourself and not being totally under the influence of rip-off garages.
#13
It will be a lose connection or broken wire, Vauxhall will not repair a wire, they have to REPLACE>.

I would take it apart, get or borrow a mulitmeter and try and fix it yourself if you have the knowledge to do so, .

Rick
#14
Any half decent auto electrician should be able to repair it. Even the dealer probably won't change the loom.
#15
Next question then :

Does anyone know how easy\hard it is to take the door panal off a Astra h (think its MK5)

Thanks
#16
I had the Astra G and it was very easy (still have the haynes manual for it). I doubt that it would have been changed significantly since then.
#17
and how did you do it? I'd be greatful if you could give me a rough idea, are there any hidden screws\clips anywhere?
#18
Cobain67;6867785
and how did you do it? I'd be greatful if you could give me a rough idea, are there any hidden screws\clips anywhere?

There are no hidden screws, just wind down the window before you start then remove the inner door trim and insulating panel. If you get a haynes manual, it has a step by step guide with photos.

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