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Newbie with Service Plan question!

Penport Feb 24, 2006

  1. Penport

    Penport New Member

    Hello there - I've picked up my brand new A3 2.0TDi DSG today and so far am very impressed. It's both my first new car (an innate dislike of losing £££ from the showroom - but new was only 2K less than 1yr old) and my first diesel (need the economy).
    I've traded in my Lexus IS300 so I'll miss the luxury but not the fuel costs, I'll also miss the owners club but it looks like you've got a thriving forum here.

    Anyway I plan to keep the car 2 yrs and will do 36K miles in that time. My question is this - is it worth considering a dealer service plan? The figures quoted are £16.94 pm (£406.56 in total) for service only or £39.61 pm (£950.64) for service, maintenance & tyres.

    Many thanks in advance for your replies.
  2. mikep

    mikep Member

    If you're on variable service interval and do mainly motorway miles, you will get 18k between services, which will be about £275-300. Assuming you trade it before the 2nd service, save your money! If you've got long life tyres on the car, i.e. Michelin, it makes even less sense.
  3. mikep

    mikep Member

    Welcome to the forum by the way!
  4. Amchlolor

    Amchlolor Active Member

    We don't go for service plans on our company cars any more.

    Too restrictive.

    For example,they will tell you which tyre shop to go to and they will tell you which tyres to fit,which is a pain.

    18k services can be had for under £200,if you phone around dealers.

    There's barely a week goes by without servicing costs being discussed,so just keep a look out,or ask.
  5. Penport

    Penport New Member

    Thanks for such a swift response!

    It's got Pirelli PZero Rossos so might not get huge mileage out of the tyres, especially after some Revo treatment!

    Yes mainly motorway/dual carriageway so I expect variable service intervals.
  6. h5djr

    h5djr Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A3

    Hello and welcome to the forum. You've made a good choice of car and I'm sure you will enjoy it. I'm current on my 5th A3, but my first Diesel.

    As far as service costs go on the A3, assuming your car is set for AVS (Audi Variable Servicing) which they are generally when the leave the factory, your car is going to require two AVS services in 36k miles.

    The first AVS service (at around 18k) is going to cost in the region of £200-£250 depending on the dealer. Some dealers do charge more (up to £350). The second AVS Service is going to cost a little more (1.6 hours labour rather than 1.1hours labour for the first service). Also as yours has a DSG gearbox the oil in the DSG has to be changed at 40k and this will cost in the region of £200.

    Check what your particular dealer will charge for these services, but it looks like the £406.56 is a good price to cover all the services required. Check also if that included the DSG oil change due at 40k.

    Not so sure about the plan including tyres. Other forum members who have this plan can comment better but it seems that it can be very restricting about the tyres used and a what point they are changed.

    Hope this is some help.
  7. marriedblonde

    marriedblonde Active Member


    Welcome to the forum, excellant choice of car you have there /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

    I considered the service plan but when I got a quote for the mileage I am intending to cover it didn't really make sense. I think worse case scenario I will break even but so far I am better off without it.

    Plus as Bowfer says there are restrictions on tyres for example and as others has discovered you have to take what they specify.


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