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    My car (1.9 TDI Q) has just been in for it's 2nd (40,000 mile) service, originally I had asked them to change the Haldex system oil and filter, but when I found out it was going to cost £90+VAT I told them to forget it.

    Have I done the right thing?

    Is it a process that I can do myself?

    P.S. Does anyone remember a thread about a Haldex controller that allows the user to adjust to the front/rear split of drive. I know I haven't imagined it, but can I find it /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif
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    Have you done the right thing?

    Based on the info you've supplied I'd say NO!!!

    Anything which invalidates manufacturers warrenty is a gamble most people's wallets can't cover (and all to save £90!!!).

    But if you're prepared to take that risk or you wallet can cope with the shock, all well and good.
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    http://www.forgemotorsport.co.uk/tt.asp?cat=auditt&product=FMHALDEX

    Take it from me the Haldex is not a thing you want to penny pinch with anything goes wrong your liable for a serious bill, although in my case i've had the oil changed every service and the controller decided to go which is purely electronic so the oil changes would not have made a bit of difference
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    I don't know how necessary it is to change the Haldex oil.

    When Audi's with Haldex first came out, an oil change was part of the service scope.

    On later Audi's with Haldex, the oil change has been removed from the service scope.

    I was told by an Audi Specialist garage that it's not necessary... he was told that by Audi themselves.
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    Clean oil can only help the life expectancy of the friction plates in the Haldex once they go I would think its a new Haldex needed
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    S3 Mike said:
    I just had my Haldex oil changed recently for £47 by Audi..........car has only done 21k but.

    It gave me a piece of mind!

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    /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif Why would two dealers quote different prices? I don't get dealers, you can use the same dealer on two different occassions and get two different experiences /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif

    The service cost £290 inc VAT, during examination they found a couple of leaks, so it's booked in again for Thursday, I'll get them to do Haldex then.

    Cheers everyone for the info.
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    All dealers seem to have their own prices dues to competion or lack of competion in the area.

    They simply buy the parts from HQ and sell them to us at a marked up price.........same as the cars
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    OK, as I say, the car is going back in on Thursday, apparently there is slight leak from the engine /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif and one from the rear diff breather pipe /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif

    When I pushed the service assistant about the price on the Haldex service she 'went away and checked' and came back telling me that she had told me the wrong price earlier (£90+VAT), it was actually £40+VAT /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif, so I'm going to get the Haldex oil and filter changed.

    They are also telling me that the car requires a brake fluid service, this cost £75 inc VAT, opinions please.

    Final point, on my friends car, the dealer enabled the auto locking feature on the central locking system, when I asked them they said it would be £40 (feckers).
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    That is what I paid for the door locking feature. I wish I had noticed it was not enabled when I test drove the car.........was enjoying her too much at the time /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/goofy.gif


    It only takes 20-30 min too.......
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    clcollins said:
    They are also telling me that the car requires a brake fluid service, this cost £75 inc VAT, opinions please.

    Final point, on my friends car, the dealer enabled the auto locking feature on the central locking system, when I asked them they said it would be £40 (feckers).

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    Turn around from that dealer and drive away......drive away very quickly.

    £40 to turn on the locking feature........cheeky feckers!

    By the way a brake fluid change from VW costs about £56, which is where I had my last one done as I couldn't be bothered to do it myself.

    Shop around, and you don't have to go to Audi for everything. VW/Skoda/Seat etc can do a lot of stuff on your car.
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    What door locking feature is this????
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    MikeyD-S3nut said:
    What door locking feature is this????

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    When you begin to drive off and reach 15km/h, the doors automatically lock.

    It can be activated by using VAG-COM by reading the figure in Module 46 (Central Convenience) and adding 32 to that figure. Other Module 46 codes are:

    +4 One touch unlock
    +32 Autolock
    +64 Ability to open/close windows with remote.
    +1024 Beep on alarm
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    groovy!!...Cheers for that...

    just on me way into liverpool city centre now so will go into lancaster audi to see if they will do it for me!!

    /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif
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    I got the door locking for free too, the salesmen sugested it!
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    clcollins said:
    They are also telling me that the car requires a brake fluid service, this cost £75 inc VAT, opinions please.

    Final point, on my friends car, the dealer enabled the auto locking feature on the central locking system, when I asked them they said it would be £40 (feckers).

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    Turn around from that dealer and drive away......drive away very quickly.

    £40 to turn on the locking feature........cheeky feckers!

    By the way a brake fluid change from VW costs about £56, which is where I had my last one done as I couldn't be bothered to do it myself.

    Shop around, and you don't have to go to Audi for everything. VW/Skoda/Seat etc can do a lot of stuff on your car.

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    Thanks for that, I will take the car to Audi for the Haldex, and leak investigation, but go elsewhere for the other work.
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    For anyone interested
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    Just to dig this old thread up. I want to activate the auto-lock feature on my 2003 S3. It already has the One touch unlock and the Ability to open/close windows with remote. So...does this mean I just add 32 to the value and it will activate the auto locking?? Or is there something I am missing??

    It all seems a bit easy...
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    Pretty much it is that easy, yes.

    But, on my car for instance, menu 46 can't be accessed, so the autolock was done through menu 17.

    There's a calculator utility I've got on my PC at home I can email you/link you if you like? You just type in the current code number, put a tick in the box of the options you want turning on or off, and it tells you the adaptation number you need to enter with VagCom.

    I did my brothers Leon though, a 55 plate, and I could access Menu 46 on his, but still a similar process.
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    i thought that because the S3's central locking is pneumatic it can't have drive away? so my 2000 pre-facelift S3 could get it put on?
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    That's my understanding, yes. :yes:
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