Lepsons Wheel Refurbishment - A Review

Discuss all aspects of Car Care / Detailling etc.
User avatar
Charles
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 7057
Joined: Mon Jun 23, 2003 2:44 am
Location: Oxford

Post by Charles » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:08 pm

Toby wrote:Going in to Gillingham branch on 12th and picking up on 19th. They seem very professional.
Toby - I'm glad you liked the review and found it valuable.

My experience was with Lepsons in Swindon. Whilst I expect the Gillingham branch will deliver the same quality of results, unfortunately the MD there doesn't seem to want recognise the discount offered by Swindon. That said, the standard price is very good anyway given the results you should get.

I don't want to get started on the whys and wherefores of his decision, suffice to say that I wouldn't necessarily run my business that way.

I hope it goes well for you and I look forward to seeing some pictures of your shiny new wheels!
Charles
Teacher of Chemistry and driver of ALPINAs - not necessarily in that order ;)
B3S Touring (49/116) - been to the moon and now on the way back!
Renault Grand Espace - not mine but the wife's!

User avatar
Toby
ALP
ALP
Posts: 226
Joined: Tue May 24, 2005 5:03 pm
Location: London

Post by Toby » Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:04 pm

Hi Charles

I've been quoted £280+VAT for refurb of all four wheels and centre caps. Plus £100 each for front FK452's and £123 each for rears (including VAT and fitting). Plus tracking.

I'm very happy with these costs. They are very reasonable in my opinion. I've heard many good things about Lepsons in Kent before so I've every hope I'll be a happy man!
2003 B10 3.3 Touring Switchtronic #69 - SOLD

User avatar
Charles
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 7057
Joined: Mon Jun 23, 2003 2:44 am
Location: Oxford

Post by Charles » Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:47 pm

As I said, the prices you'll be quoted are very good anyway.

You can find the prices for Swindon in my original thread as I won't be so crass as to state them in comparison - suffice to say that Swindon is a bit cheaper than Gillingham. But this is all relative when you see the quality of the finished wheels.

Looking forward to the pictures ...
Charles
Teacher of Chemistry and driver of ALPINAs - not necessarily in that order ;)
B3S Touring (49/116) - been to the moon and now on the way back!
Renault Grand Espace - not mine but the wife's!

User avatar
Duncan
ALPIN
ALPIN
Posts: 554
Joined: Sun Feb 11, 2007 4:32 am
Location: London- Cape Town

Post by Duncan » Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:49 pm

Ive decided to take mine to lepsons too. Im going to neeed some new rear tyres again soon too!!!

I cant decide whether to use the gillingham or swindon branch. Obvious support from Charles for the swindon one- excellent report.

I cant bring myself to sell the B5 as its running so well with its new supercharger so Im going to spoil it 4 new tyres, wheel refurb, respray the front spoiler, professional detail, stripes and store it whilst im in SA!

Should look great with anthracite wheels :wink:
Alpina B5 Saloon 180 LeMans Blue: SOLD
Alpina D3 Touring 117: SOLD!

ALPB1033
ALPINA
ALPINA
Posts: 2028
Joined: Tue May 02, 2006 3:38 am
Location: Leicestershire, UK

Post by ALPB1033 » Sun Jun 13, 2010 7:06 pm

Good decision to keep the car Duncan! :D See you soon.

vblanche
ALPINA
ALPINA
Posts: 1662
Joined: Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:55 pm
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Post by vblanche » Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:40 pm

Duncan wrote: Should look great with anthracite wheels :wink:
Hi Duncan, will you ask Lepsons to change your wheels color? thanks, vincent
2002 B3 3.3x touring No 100

User avatar
Toby
ALP
ALP
Posts: 226
Joined: Tue May 24, 2005 5:03 pm
Location: London

Post by Toby » Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:45 pm

Car back from Lepson tyres in Gillingham. Shane's the guy that runs the place and they provided excellent service. Car was immaculate when picked up and even the nasty vibration problem that appeared recently has been cured.

That's the good news. I've had the car back two days and parked it carefully outside the house. Then my wife takes it out and brings it back with an 8 inch mauling on one front wheel and a one inch gash on the other! She only drove down the road and back! To make matters even worse she denies it was her and is now in a mood with me saying she told me it was a waste of money. Arghhhhhhhh

There's absolutely no way the damage could have been caused by anyone but the driver and they certainly would have known about it as it would have made one hell of a nasty grinding sound.

To say I'm pissed off is as big an understatement as to say the English football team have been mildly disappointing in the World Cup to date.

So wheels now look worse than they did before as now the damage stands out like a sore thumb. I probably need to apologise to my neighbours for my rather loud use of some colourful words.
2003 B10 3.3 Touring Switchtronic #69 - SOLD

User avatar
jacoda434
ALPINA
ALPINA
Posts: 2414
Joined: Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:10 pm
Location: Scotland

Post by jacoda434 » Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:35 pm

Toby wrote:.
So wheels now look worse than they did before as now the damage stands out like a sore thumb. I probably need to apologise to my neighbours for my rather loud use of some colourful words.
This would have been of some use for you then

Image

You DiD wHat wiTh ThE FecKi@g WheELs


sorry about the wheels :(
Image

No Alpina just now sold the Silver B5 Touring and bought Two X3 3.5D
One Silver and One Grey with a loads of toys in spec

B10BRW
ALPINA
ALPINA
Posts: 3616
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2005 1:58 pm
Location: Weald of Kent

Post by B10BRW » Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:13 am

Toby wrote:

Then my wife takes it out and brings it back with an 8 inch mauling on one front wheel and a one inch gash on the other! She only drove down the road and back!

Big mistake :o , never ever let your wife drive your pride and joy :wink: :D

Sorry to hear about your wheels :cry:

User avatar
Toby
ALP
ALP
Posts: 226
Joined: Tue May 24, 2005 5:03 pm
Location: London

Post by Toby » Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:15 am

Unfortunately she's now curbed all four wheels. Too make matters worse we have to park the car on the street at the moment due to builders working on our house and occupying the driveway, and the car now has several scratches and scuffs on it's previously pristine paintwork due to careless drivers getting into and out of spaces :wall2
2003 B10 3.3 Touring Switchtronic #69 - SOLD

User avatar
v8 ego
ALPINA
ALPINA
Posts: 1766
Joined: Sat Nov 20, 2004 10:27 am
Location: Essex, UK
Contact:

Post by v8 ego » Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:48 am

Sounds like time to move house, just don't tell her where you've moved to :lol:
Regards,

James

2012 BMW 520d ED (Gave it back)
2011 BMW 535d GT SE
2008 BMW 730d SE (SOLD)
2007 BMW X5 3.0d SE (SOLD)
2007 D3 Touring 166 (SOLD)
2005 BMW 750i Sport (SOLD)
2005 BMW 730d Sport (SOLD)
2001 B10 V8 Touring 012/1 (SOLD)
2001 B10 V8 saloon 044/1 (SOLD)
1999 BMW 750iL (SOLD)
1997 BMW 750iL (SOLD)

Ikule
ALPINA
ALPINA
Posts: 2002
Joined: Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:05 pm
Location: South Manchester

Post by Ikule » Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:46 pm

Toby wrote:Unfortunately she's now curbed all four wheels. Too make matters worse we have to park the car on the street at the moment due to builders working on our house and occupying the driveway, and the car now has several scratches and scuffs on it's previously pristine paintwork due to careless drivers getting into and out of spaces :wall2
:shock: Ouch! i feel your pain Toby.....make sure your missus does too!
Steve C



'98 B10 3.2 #88 (for summer cruising)
'04 Mini Cooper S (commuting/sacrificial shopping trolley target....)
'94 325i Coupe SOLD
'88 Vauxhall Senator 3.0i SOLD
'90 Astra MkII GTE 16V (Turbo conversion) SOLD

User avatar
Richy_Boy
ALPINA
ALPINA
Posts: 1657
Joined: Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:10 am
Location: Reading, Berkshire
Contact:

Post by Richy_Boy » Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:54 pm

I might be in touch with Lepsons soon.. I recently stripped my centre caps as they had bubbled up under the paint and looked pretty rough.

I have tried to DIY and they came out pretty well, albeit the Simonez Silver spray I bought from Halfords is incorrect - I might try and source some 'sparkle' in a can and redo them soon and get new badges in place too. The caps came apart pretty easy, all you need is a couple of spanners, a small alan key and some pliers to release the circlip holding the spring on.
The finish on the wheels came up pretty well considering the state they were in originally.

Image

Alternatively, I might leave it to the professionals, especially if they can put fresh rubber on the rears at the same time - my wheels seem to have signs of a previous refurb.

The only problem I have with a pro refurb (other than money) is I don't have any wheels to use in the meantime! I'll ask and see if they have anything 18" and BMW knocking about...

Rich
Richy_Boy
--
Current Car: BMW e46 M3 CS SMG

Previous:
BMW 335d M Sport Coupe Highline
BMW 123d M Sport Coupe, no DPF, 275bhp and 520nm of torques.

Historical Alpina B3S Coupe #19 Owner

Mark-e21
A
A
Posts: 62
Joined: Mon Aug 30, 2010 12:50 am
Location: Kingston

Post by Mark-e21 » Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:50 pm

I want the wheels on my TWR refurbished so it'll be interesting to see what they charge to do 4 staggered 15'' rims? As soon as I get a set of slave rims I will drop them down.

Mark-e21
A
A
Posts: 62
Joined: Mon Aug 30, 2010 12:50 am
Location: Kingston

Post by Mark-e21 » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:13 am

Just been quoted £60 plus VAT by Lepsons. I thought that was going to be per rim, but actually it's for all 4. :shock:

Post Reply