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Should I get my auto gearbox service?

dt-tdi Mar 22, 2014

  1. dt-tdi

    dt-tdi Member VCDS Map User

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    Hi all

    I've had my A4 3.0tdi Quattro B7 for a couple of months now, the car had recently been serviced prior to me buying it.

    My question is should I get the auto gearbox serviced at a local specialist? I've had a quote of £200 plus vat for an oil change and inspection.

    The mileage is 41k and there are no issues with the gearbox, but I'm no expert what so ever.

    Thanks in advance
    David
     
  2. jdp1962

    jdp1962 Grumpy Old Moderator Staff Member Moderator Team V6 TFSI Owners Group Gold Supporter Team Tornado Audi S4 quattro Black Edition s tronic

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    If you car is a quattro, then the type of automatic box fitted does not have to have regular oil changes. Unless it is malfunctioning in some way, there's no reason to have an oil change at that mileage. There is an autobox that requires oil changes every 40,000 miles, but it's not fitted in your car.
     
  3. dt-tdi

    dt-tdi Member VCDS Map User

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    Thanks for the info.
    It's a ZF gearbox.
    When I mentioned this to my friend last night (who owns an A3 3.0tdi sport Quattro) he mentioned to me that I would be wasting my money having this done as the oil should only be changed every 100k if no problems occur.
    I see his point to a degree (if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it)
     
  4. jdp1962

    jdp1962 Grumpy Old Moderator Staff Member Moderator Team V6 TFSI Owners Group Gold Supporter Team Tornado Audi S4 quattro Black Edition s tronic

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    You have the same engine and gearbox as me. The box is pretty durable. Mine is on 87,000 and never misses a beat.

    By the way, are you sure your friend as an A3 3.0TDi? I've never heard of Audi fitting the 3.0TDi engine in the A3.
     
  5. dt-tdi

    dt-tdi Member VCDS Map User

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    Sorry, typo error
    He's got an A8 3.0 tdi sport Quattro with the same gearbox.
    Think I will cancel the service for now.
    Thanks for the quick reply and advice.
     
  6. SinghB7

    SinghB7 Active Member

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    £200 seems alot for a oil change on the gearbox, I was flicking thru the service history on my old B7 with multitronic gearbox and it had a oil change at Audi and was around the £150-£160 mark inc labour
     
  7. joinerman

    joinerman Well-Known Member

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    Thing is if an oil change is done only about half the oil drains out, the rest stays in the gallery's in the box & the torque converter, to do the job properly you need to do it about 4 or 5 times in a few days & drive a few miles in between each change, by then most of the oil should be new.
     
  8. SinghB7

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    Joinerman - If the car has a multitronic gearbox then I believe it has a dual mass flywheel. I had starting problems just before I sold me last and was diagnosed as the ring gear, but it's a dual mass from what I found out so the only oil will be in the gearbox itself and not a torque converter.
     
  9. Skandz

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    i had mine serviced as a preventative measure... there isnt a service schedule on the box as far as audi is concerned however upon speaking to ZF themselves they advise to replace every 50-75k or 4 years whichever comes 1st.

    my intial idea was to go to ZF in Dortmund - yeah the 1 in germany (yeah i'm off my rocker lol) as looking at some of their reviews and work carried out across various different forums - it looked like a great idea and well worth the journey.

    i then come across a place in Glasgow - who charged me 350 if i remember correctly - this is for a hot oil flush and i must say its made a world of difference.

    well worth the money.. feels smoother... gear changes are next to not noticable..

    made the car a pleasure to drive as well as saving me a mile or 2 per gallon..

    thats my 2cents work anyhow...

    hope it helps
     
  10. dt-tdi

    dt-tdi Member VCDS Map User

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    Thanks for all your comments.
    I'm going to leave it for a while and look at a service when the mileage is at around 60k or in 12 months time.
    The car is a dream to drive in its current state after a blue fin remap by superchips.
     
  11. lynallbel

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    I think the oil for the proper slush auto is pretty expensive, hence the cost.
    I have always said oil is cheap and engines and gearboxes are very expensive, so change more often than the maker says and you shouldnt have any issues, unless of course you own a multitronic:nyah:
     

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