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  1. #41
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    Lytham St Annes
    I'm paying about Ł170 for a "variable service" at just under two-year intervals. That works out at less than Ł100 per year on sevicing, which is pretty reasonable overall compared to any other make of car that needs fixed one year services and it keeps an Audi stamp in the book for better resale later.

    I accept that you don't need to get it serviced by Audi for the warranty, but mine's out of warranty and it can only help any arguements I get into for out of warranty claims or resale value if I have a full stamped book.

    My local VAG specialist was a similar price for each service, every time I checked, so no benefit there.

    On top of that, as its my own car - I actually change the longlife oil and filter myself "mid-service".
    You used to have to change diesel engined car oil every three months as the soot particles get into the oil, turn it heavy and block the filter.
    I accept that oil has come a long way, but the oil in Audi diesel engined cars still gets very black quickly, so there must still be loads of soot getting into it and for Ł20, changing it at 12-month/10,000 mile intervals seems a good idea to me. 2 years or 20,000 mile intervals must be really pushing it and can't be doing its best for the protection of the engine after all that use....

    A new oil filter and a 4.5 litre can of proper 507.00 spec longlife oil cost me just Ł22 in total from my local Partco motor factors this week and a quick 30 mins under the car saw it changed quite easily....

    As I'm paying myself and its my own car, having a proper longlife service every two years getting the book stamped and then doing my own mid-term for the longevity of the car seems a quite economical option and provides the best of both worlds.
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    (Was 2004 A3 2.0 TDi S-Line DSG, owned from 2005 to 2012....)

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    An der sud Koste
    One reason the service costs vary so much is not all dealers use the standard book times for the service. Some might use 1.1hrs, some 1.6 hrs some 1.9 hrs for the same service. Get Audi to tell you the official book time for the service and then ask your dealer how much labour they are charging you in hours.

  4. #43
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    Dec 2008
    Also a piece of information about the stealers, used to work in one.

    the bulk oil when bought in 1000 litres worked out at 83p for Semi Synthetic and Ł1.07 for Fully Synthetic per this was Shell oil so would have varied for different companies

    But that was then retailed out at Ł7.90 for Semi and Ł12.90 for the Fully Synthetic

    Robbing *******s!!!

  5. #44

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowfer View Post
    I used to do this with a Renault I owned.
    Used to buy expensive oil for them to use.
    Until a mechanic I know laughed and said someone will be keeping the good stuff for themselves and putting the usual stuff in the car.
    You've already demonstrated they cannot be trusted, so how can you trust them to use your oil, rather than the huge vat of trade stuff they ripped you off for in the first place?

    I can't see they've got any other option but to let you watch.
    Christ knows how that would work, they could have you sitting around all day.
    Mind you, probably a nice waiting area, with coffee and plasma TV.
    Wonder how they pay for that.....

    It is true that the mechanic might do that, but it is still worth considering that your "expensive" oil is still cheaper that the cheap stuff the garage charges you for!! So you would still be benefiting cost wise.
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