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Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by A3, Jan 11, 2008.

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    Hey everyone, im new here! Been lurking around but only just signed up yesterday.

    I own a A3 2.0 Tdi 140 sport 04 plate, ive got a few questions, so i hope this is the right place to post:

    1. Ive just been to my local service garage, and asked about an oil change, they said roughly £60-£70 - is that the right price?
    2. Ive ordered some fk angels for my car and a h.i.d kit, just wanted to ask has anyone had experience with these lights and if so how hard were they to fit and are you happy with them?
    3. my flip key is very tatty, and was wondering would i be able to swap the internals of it into another new key and just get the key cut on the new one?
    thats all for now loll..

    thanks in advance!! :icon_thumright:
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    Sounds reasonable to me, provided they're using good quality stuff.
    I'd be surprised if a main dealer wasn't dearer.
    If it is just an oil change, you could do it yourself.
    Mind you, for £60-£70, why get your hands dirty.
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    Just be aware that fitting an HID kit into headlamps designed for halogen bulbs and not also fitting the auto-levelling and headlamp washers will make you car illegal. Some forum members are bothered by this and some don't seem to care.

    Read the whole of the thread mentioned and you will see all the various views on the subject.

    Here is the link to the DfT statement: http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/drs/hidheadlamps
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    Especially when the correct oil is £40+ of that price.
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    Yeah, but that would be retail.
    I've no accurate idea what it would cost a dealer, but I know an ex VAG mechanic who does 'homers' now.
    He buys big drums of the exact same oil used by specialist cars in Aberdeen, and it costs him sweeties to fill a car.
    Off the top of my head, I'm sure he said it costs him around £8 to change the oil in a VW Golf.
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    thank you for the heads up, i have been following that thread before i signed up.

    i didnt want to put the hid kit into my original factory light units, this is the reason i purchased the fk angel lights, it is a projector style light unit.

    i wont be installing the auto-levelling, because in that i case i wouldve taken £1200 to audi and asked for their xenon kit, although i will be getting my lights alligned correctly after installing.

    i understand that what i will be doing is illegal, but i feel as if i am doing everything i can correctly.
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    cool..yeah i dont feel upto the job of doing it myself lol..
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    Sweet, another motorist blinding people everywhere he goes... :D
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    nooooo dont hate me lol

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    ahh cheers for the help on the key, i might pick up a cheap key on ebay, and then use just the plastic part of it.

    regarding the lights, ive heard the A3 bumper needs to be taken off to get the light units out, so once ive got the hid kit, i'll put the fk angels in at the same time, saves doing it twice.

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    Auto-levelling is probably the most import thing, so as not to blind other drivers with your bright new xenons. The only alternative is to make sure that you always have them set slightly low using the manual headlamp range adjustment switch and to remember to turn them down further if you have a load in the boot or passenger in the back.
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    ah yes ok..i remember somebody telling me the exact features of the auto-levelling.

    i'll have to just put them on the lowest setting, and like you said if i have any loads then i'll reposition, but thats hardly ever.
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    Yeah, this is what we've done on the wife's car, I've set them to be slightly lower than normal on level 1, so that there is room for movement both ways if needs be (Not that she ever changes the setting)

    I only wish that even with Auto Levelling there was still some way of manual adjustment on the A3, its an absolute pain to have to stop somewhere on the A1 to restart the car when I forget to do it at home, may just as well leave it parked on the road at night
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    ok one last question and i'll shutup, what oil can i buy for my diesel?

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    Hmmm... my Touran 2 TDi is on SLX III via VW stealer, the A3 (same motor) is some Mobil stuff - I'll have a gander in the morning at the top up pack
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    yeah that slx rings a bell, think ive heard somebody mention it before..

    thanks for the help!!

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    Yeah Audi gave me a 1 litre can of Castrol SLX 5W-30 longlife III when I got my 1.9tdi (approved by audi according to the labels) . I've just looked on their website and it appears to be the same stuff for a 2 litre.

    http://www.castrol.com/castrol/castrolhomepage.do?categoryId=3205
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    Basically any oil that meets the VW 507.00 specification. Castrol and Mobil certainly make one and no doubt others as well. If the oil meets this spec then it will say so on the bootle or can.
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    The Castrol version's the easiest to source. All the Halfords I.ve been in stock it.
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    A mere £42 for 4 litres, but way cheaper than buying it by the litre from the stealers.
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    Reassuringly expensive! lol
    Cheaper on-line but less convenient.
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    my last service bill says AVS oil qty:9 £49.50 (+ vat I think) Does this mean the sump holds 9 litres?

    Other stuff off list ( It was a free service as compensation for another matter so I didnt haggle .. I just got a copy of the dealers internal bill)

    oil filter 5.35
    fuel filter 20.35
    air filter 11.59
    front pads 50.00
    rear pads 32.00
    pollen 9.00


    labour 3rd avs service £162 mileage 52750
    replace all brake pads £126
    No vat mentioned on bill maybe because its the workshop billing the sales dept as an internal bill
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    I would assume they're charging per half-litre.
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    the following (first post on this page may be of interest re VW507 and previous standard):
    http://www.vwaudiforum.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=4245&page=2&highlight=slx+edge
    Particularly note "just to throw a spanner into the LongLife works, VW have completely revised the LongLife specification, and replaced it with the new standard 507.00 (but is still backwards compatible with the older 506.01 standard), so if you can't find any of the above 506.01's then there should be 507.00 on the shelves. The new 507.00 LongLife oils in the UK at the moment are:
    Castrol SLX LongLife III 5W30,
    Castrol EDGE 5W30 (this will be replacing SLX LongLife II and III),
    Elf Solaris LLX 5W30."
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    Millers oils do a 506.01 too, we've got a big drum here.
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    Other oils that meet the VW 504.00 + 507.00 specifications are:

    Mobil 1 ESP 5W-30
    Shell Helix Ultra Extra 5W-30
    Miller Oils XF Longlife 5W-30
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    Yep - just got back on this one. The Mobil stuff in the is called ESP(...guess I should have known that somehow...) - Formula 5/30. That's Emission System Protection

    OK so next question: are they compatible / miscible? Can you top an SLX III car with ESP (...again we should somehow sense this...)?

    The pack in the car is writ large with the dealer's details which suggests the pack (and oil within) are UK sourced. So: is the stuff in the sump the very same (or Mobil / Shell / Miller...) when Mr Audi puts it in????

    Thanks all for a great forum btw
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    If you've got one near you, Partco motor factors (part of the Unipart group) do a 507.00 spec oil (its marked appropriately on the can) for just £12 per 4.5 litre can......

    That's less than £3 per litre!

    At that price, I've just done a mid-point oil and filter change, half way between official variable AVS service intervals....
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    During a tour of the Ingolstadt plant a couple of years ago, the chap who was acting a the guide said that the oil put in new cars was not the normal oil to be used, but a special formulation designed for the engines to be in their until the first AVS service.

    I know that my own dealer uses Shell Helix oil for routine oil changes.
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