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service question

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by share1t, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. share1t

    share1t New Member

    Aug 17, 2005
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    i probably sound a bit stupid but ...........
    i have a 2002 a3 1.9tdi 130 and it is due a service it has 45k on the clock and my mate is going to service it for me as i cant afford stealer prices.
    is it best to use genuine vag filters or are mahle just as good and a lot cheaper. also has anyone used wix filters as dealers are selling them cheap on ebay. costco are selling castrol gtd magnatec sythetic oil for £30 for 2 x 4.5 ltrs so i'll save a few quid there. cheers
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  3. AndyMac

    AndyMac Moderator
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    Jun 10, 2003
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    VAG don't actually make any of the filters, so you can get OEM filters for far less money just without the 4 ring logo on them.
    "Mann" are the OEM make VAG cars use as standard, so you can get a Mann air filter for £8 and oil filter for £6. Buying any other make is just stupid at these prices, how much can you possibly save?
    Also these items are the first thing a prospective buyer will examine, if they are not OEM then most will walk away as it's a real indication of how well the car has been looked after.
  4. fingermouse

    fingermouse thats me

    Sep 6, 2004
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    i got a genuine oil filers from euro car parts for the S3 and it was about 3 quid.

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