I've just bought a 2003 2.0L JTS Selespeed and before I can get it registered mechanics apparently need to remove part of the manifold to access the engine number stamp for inspection. This work is being quoted at around 4 hrs and $400 or so.
Does this sound legit or is this mechanic trying to take me for a ride? Are the engine numbers in the JTS really so difficult to access?
Thanks for your reply, I'm fairly sure this model isn't a t-spark but it's probably in the same location.
I have purchased the car from interstate and here in .au the road registration authorities are aggressive in ensuring the identify of vehicles that are newly registered in a state to ensure it hasn't been built from stolen parts and then given legitimacy with a new registration.
It does look like a difficult location but I will suggest a mirror. I suspect they're keen to pull the manifold out instead as it's more $$$ for them.