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Old 3rd May 2019, 10:03 AM
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Default ZF approved garages

I have been looking into getting my ATF changed at some point on the S8. I have seen references to Mackies and Chester Transmissions but I was looking for somewhere closer to the Midlands.

So, I looked on ZF's website and they had a few garages listed. I contacted the nearest (Notts I think) and they said they don't do servicing?? Surprised, I asked for ZF approved garages and the gentleman said they have a Protech Scheme and would give me the details of local garages. The two nearest were

1. Autokraft BMW
Pasture Croft
Solihull
B94 5DJ
West Midlands
Great Britain
Phone: 01564 703434

2. Driver Transmissions
257 Moseley Rd
Birmingham
B12 0EA
Great Britain
Phone: 0121 440 3476

I haven't contacted either yet but I am assuming they will know these 'boxes and use the correct tools/oils/software.

Has anyone had any experience of either of these garages?
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Old 3rd May 2019, 01:41 PM
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Driver Transmissions are the ones who rebuilt Davey Blueyes D2 gearbox which blew up again after a few thousand miles and just out of warranty.

Just sayin...
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I know it’s a pain, but Mackies are your guys! I’m now back in the Midlands, but still take the car to Mackies. If you get there early enough (about a 5 hour drive from here) for the car to cool down before they open, they’ll have you back on the road for lunchtime. It’s a long day, I know, but worth it if you value the gearbox!
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Yeah just watch they don't remove the sump with a rusty spoon, or indeed try to charge you extra for moving some imaginary extra hardware out of the way...
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Driver Transmissions are the ones who rebuilt Davey Blueyes D2 gearbox which blew up again after a few thousand miles and just out of warranty.

Just sayin...
This is the sort of thing that concerns me. I want the life to be prolonged not shortened lol

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Yeah just watch they don't remove the sump with a rusty spoon, or indeed try to charge you extra for moving some imaginary extra hardware out of the way...
I read that too. Mackies seem to be the go-to place but damn they're far away. What about specialists like Badger 5, VRS (Northampton) etc?

MJ, do you fancy doing D3 ATFs?
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I know I'm biased, but Mackies is well worth the trip: I wouldn't let anyone else (apart from MJ, of course...) near my S8.
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Was worth asking
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Is that a ‘maybe’ then?
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Yeah just watch they don't remove the sump with a rusty spoon, or indeed try to charge you extra for moving some imaginary extra hardware out of the way...
Did I miss something? Have Mackies done a wrong ‘un?
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Current mods: solar sun roof, 20mm rear spacers, 15 mm on front, red brembo callipers, 6k headlights, rear view camera, engine remap, alloy dash dial rings, alloy navi rings, tt/phaeton pedal upgrade, (and custom matching foot rest) dension ipod interface & parrot hands free kit (both fully hidden), av input, tv in motion switched thro' PF switch in blanking plug right of steering column, Audi 'quattro' sill covers, repositioned centre console switches, radio clock, .
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