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Fixed vs Variable servicing

Discussion in 'New A3/S3 (8V Chassis)' started by cemerson, May 24, 2013.

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    cemerson Well-Known Member

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    Can someone explain the differences between these, what intervals are involved and which one (in your opinion) I should ask for? I have asked the dealer as well but I'd like to get the opinion of people on here too on these different options.

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    Chris
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    Depends on your car /petrol/Diesel. Personally I would avoid the Longlife servicing.
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    Summary version:

    Normal 12 month schedule is an oil & filter change each year (plus car health check) with a proper service every other year.

    AVS service has service intervals estimated by the car itself up to a max of a 2 year interval. So, same oil & filter for up to 2 years.

    AVS mainly designed for fleet cars doing high mileage and to reduce service costs during the lease period e.g 3 years from new.

    If you have a heavy right foot and enjoy spirited driving then go for the annual service schedule. Ditto if you do lots of short journeys.

    If you only keep the car for a few years you may be ok on AVS but also read this:

    http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/a3-s3-...ne-death-consequence-oil-pickup-pipe-etc.html


    Personally, I would not use AVS but stick to annual service schedule.

    John.
    P.S. hope the link works properly; still learning Tapatalk v2 and its driving me nuts.
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    2.0 TDI doing ~18,000 miles a year
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    Similar mileage and same engine as I have. Variable servicing will mean one annual visit to the dealer (sometimes I get to 14 months before the DIS demands a visit). I've had my last 6 Audis on variable without a problem.

    I really don't worry about it. I'd worry more about doing 8,000 miles a year on fixed annual servicing with all the associated stop/start and engine not reaching temp.

    If I was doing less than 10k, I'd probably go for fixed servicing.

    As said above, the oil and filter change is the same but done according to driving conditions rather than a fixed time/distance. Inspection service will come up at approx. 18k or two years which is the same for both. In your (and my) circumstances the oil change and inspection should coincide.
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    A 2.0 tdi doing 18k a year needs to be on longlife servicing, you'll get roughly 17k I would think and be due 1 service a year including oil and pollen year 1, oil pollen and fuel year 2, then oil pollen air (I think it's 60k on these) bfs and mot year 3

    Fixed you'll be in at 10k (8 months ish) for oil, then again at 18-20 (1 year) for oil and pollen then 30........... Blah blah

    Morel of the story, stick with longlife lol
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    Cheers. How much notice does it give you before you have to take it in?
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    IIRC about 2000 miles.
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