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I was looking at retrofitting an electric boot opener for my ZS and I found that the following company was able to supply and fit one.


However, after making further enquiries I discovered that it was almost £1400 to complete. Here's the reply from the company:

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Just to confirm BAS do a dedicated Boot Hatch opener for your vehicle on a 2017 plate! as long as it has not changed on a 2018 plate we can do this for you.

We can supplied and fitted a BAS Electric Hatch Opener at our workshop in Uxbridge for £1,395.00, we can collect and deliver your car for an extra £65.00 and we would need your vehicle for two days.

Please let us know if you need any further information or would like to go ahead.

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My budget was £700 but at nearly double this, it's not worth it just for the convenience of not having to struggle with the boot when carrying stuff.

This information could be useful for someone whom might have got their vehicle via Motability as I had read somewhere that this could be free conversion for the car user.

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If anyone else is confident enough with vehicle electrics, a seller on Aliexpress can sell you the kit for less than £300 including shipping when use buy using the Black Friday price.

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I am very tempted...

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I pulled the trigger in Ali Express and bought this one which worked out slightly cheaper plus faster shipping than the one noted above. It seems like that the control box will fit in the tailgate itself so I won't have to take apart the rear bumper.

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Now I just need to find an auto mechanic who isn't going to charge me ridiculous money to install the thing in the car.

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Found an interesting video of a car mechanic in Korea fitting an electric tailgate on a Toyota RAV4.

I am surprised that a crutch could be used for such thing as keeping the tailgate open when removing the old tailgate struts.


The mechanic was able to complete the job in just over an hour from start to finish so the company that I received the quote for must be marking up the work heavily.

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I had a BAS hatch opener fitted to a Kia SUV last year. I paid similar to your original quote and it was done on my driveway. Expensive yes, but that's supply & fit and I've no idea how much the fitting agent paid basnw.co.uk for the kit.

I'm delighted with the result which is just like OEM. Had yours fitted yet?
 

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I had a BAS hatch opener fitted to a Kia SUV last year. I paid similar to your original quote and it was done on my driveway. Expensive yes, but that's supply & fit and I've no idea how much the fitting agent paid basnw.co.uk for the kit.

I'm delighted with the result which is just like OEM. Had yours fitted yet?
Not yet, it only recently arrived from China after the first one got shipped back to the seller owing to some sort of custom's issue.

In the end the seller used a different courier and promised that I would not need to pay any customs duty.

They were correct that I didn't have to pay the customs duty upon arrival to the U.K but I had to pay VAT of £3.18 plus the usual £8 Royal Mail admin fee so all in, it cost me less than £300 for the kit.

There are some good instructions supplied with the kit which I will scan in and upload here when I have some time.

It looks like the control unit uses the MG's boot release unit to open and close the tailgate which means not having to connect up the device to the CAN bus unit of the car.

I am hoping that any decent auto mechanic will be able to sort this out in less than 3 hours as the most complicated bit seems to be how to keep the tailgate open whilst removing the original tailgate struts.

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I had mine supplied & fitted by A10 Mobility Ltd of Enfield and was impressed by Paul the fitter, who also owns the company. As you have the kit, and if you're within his travel distance, I'd suggest getting a quote off him. Depends where you are of course. He might even have his own crutch. Lol.

Mine now has illuminated push buttons on the dash and up on the bottom of the tailgate for opening/closing, as well as the ability to operate off my existing remote and existing outside opening button. It's great to be able to open it remotely as I walk to the car.

I'm surprised more people aren't interested in having this done. I think it's the best upgrade an SUV can have.
 

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I had mine supplied & fitted by A10 Mobility Ltd of Enfield and was impressed by Paul the fitter, who also owns the company. As you have the kit, and if you're within his travel distance, I'd suggest getting a quote off him. Depends where you are of course. He might even have his own crutch. Lol.

Mine now has illuminated push buttons on the dash and up on the bottom of the tailgate for opening/closing, as well as the ability to operate off my existing remote and existing outside opening button. It's great to be able to open it remotely as I walk to the car.

I'm surprised more people aren't interested in having this done. I think it's the best upgrade an SUV can have.
I did look at A10 Mobility as an option but their website www.a10mobility.co.uk doesn't seem to have anything apart from a holding page so I thought that they might not be trading anymore.

I have to contact him and find out how much for installation only.

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Pictures of the electric tailgate stuff:

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The black long object above is the suction device which means that it's soft close as unlike closing a tailgate manually, you don't need to use enough force to overcome the tailgate struts to ensure that the boot catch engages.

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