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    Servicing dilemma...

    Ok maybe not a dilemma as such as I think i've decided what to do, just want some confirmation i'm doing the right thing...
    I bought my A3 1.8T AUM a few months back. It had done 88k with full Audi/Audi specialist service history albeit on the Audi long life service schedule, service at 16k, 29k, 46k, 61k, 70k and 83k. Initially I thought great, longer service intervals but after reading up a bit it seems this isn't so great, especially now it's getting on a bit and the miles are accumulating.
    I'm happy to change to fixed service which seems to be the way to go but i'm undecided as to whether to do the servicing myself. I always have done in the past but then i've never owned a car in such condition with an up to date service history before. It seems a shame to let that slip, especially if I come to sell it at some point and it puts people off.
    I also want to get the sump and oil pick up cleaned as that's praying on my mind.

    Soo I was thinking I should do an interim service myself in the next few weeks as its approximately half way between long life services and drop the sump and clean that out at the same time. Then when the next service is officially due it will be about ready anyway and I can then decide about switching schedules and whether to continue to do the work myself.

    Sorry for the long winded post, i'm really just putting it in black and white instead of just thinking about it but would welcome people's thoughts as I love this car and don't want to do the wrong thing.

    Cheers guys

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    Wouldn't worry about dealer service history on cars of this age, just keep a comprehensive folder with all receipts and details of what you have done.

    I would rather buy a car with a folder full of recent receipts for parts and a clean MOT certificate, than a car with dealer services.

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    Switch to fixed intervals (its around 10-12k iirc?) and then do an extra oil change yourself half way between the intervals.

    That way you get the regular changes, but still get the dealer stamps if you want them.


    Cleaning the sump out is a good idea.

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    The amount of servicing it's had doesn't look like long life, but as above, a new pick up and sump clean wouldn't hurt your cause for longivety.



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    You need to decide if you're servicing your car for the next owner, or for yourself and the health of the car if you see what I mean?

    If you want to keep the stamps in the book, and for some that's important, then just leave it on the longlife regime as there is no sense in going back to a dealer any more than necessary. Most potential buyers will be reassured by the service history and unaware of some of the downsides of longlife servicing.

    There is nothing to stop you changing the oil yourself between changes or whenever you think it necessary though, which will be good for the car and hopefully mean you have no issues whilst it's in your ownership.
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    I'd service it yourself. You know that you're putting in the best oil and other bits that way and are reassured that everything is done properly then. Plus for the money saving you can change the oil etc twice as often if you want. As above i'd much rather buy a second hand car that'd been serviced more frequently by an independent garage (or home mechanic) than longer interval dealer servicing.

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    I service my own cars and i find you get to a point where its most cost effective to do it yourself, i don't know what Audi charge for a service but i could assume a car of a certain age and mileage will be depreciating more than the servicing costs, so you don't get that money back, What does servicing cost £100-£150 a year?

    I just write the mileage and date on my receipts and keep a file.

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    Cheers guys, pretty much what I expected to hear really. It feels like a new car to me but realistically it's nothing like that to most people. Self servicing it is then.

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    Do fixed intervals with the better oil- LongLife oil.

 

 

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