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When to Maintenance?

Discussion in 'A4/S4 forum(B5 Chassis)' started by BarryT, Aug 8, 2003.

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    I was looking through the owners manual and I don't see a schedule of when to do maintenance on anything. Can someone help me out here. My main concern is the timing belt and the fluids.
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    It's in the service book, rather than the manual.
    If you are on normal servicing (not AVS) then it is oil change @ 10,000 miles and everything else @ 20,000 miles.
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    I called the dealer today and they said all of the services have been kept up to date and new tires were put on 500 miles before I got the car. He said they took good care of it, he remembers the lady who had it.
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    So where's the service book then?
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    Don't know anything about a book, but they printed off a service record for me from the computer. The lady who had it was the original owner.
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    For re-sale purposes you should really try and get your the original service book. Failing that, as noted above you can have Audi send you out replacement service book, which should be fully stamped with the date and mileage of each and every service. Generally, there will be no details other than lubrication or major service written alongside. That’s the good thing about buying a car where owner has also kept all receipts related to the cars life.

    I don't know when the timing belt is supposed to be changed on a 1.8T but the service section of any Audi dealer will tell you that on asking.

    Note if you have your car serviced by anyone other than a franchised Audi dealer, then obviously Audi UK or any Audi dealer will no longer have the details of that service on national file.

    Not that that is not a bad thing - there are many highly competent independent VW/Audi specialists in fact some more than the franchises! You only have to read the dealer section on this forum and personally I will be hard pushed to ever take my S4 back to a dealer!

    But it is peace of mind that should you ever loose the service book you can get all the details from one source. Plus you can check the service history of a car prior to buying by calling any franchise and quoting the registration number.

    I did this with mine to establish whether all the SERIOUSLY EXPENSIVE recall ("Quality Improvement") work had been performed prior to buying. It hadn’t and it was iffy on whether Audi UK were going to fork out some 3 years later – But they agreed and I bought the car!
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    well I'm not in the UK. We only have one Audi dealer in our state and a few VW dealers. I don't trust the VW dealers near me, but the audi dealer is also a porsche dealer. I like working on my own cars though. I've had plenty of experience and I got all of the info from the audi dealer today on the services done. It's had a lot of stuff done for the mileage on the car. Like they had all the belts replaced, plugs, coolant, brake fluid was replaced, etc.
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    Aa yes..I didn't notice your location. I don't know how the US service set up is with respect to a national record.

    I take it then that you weren't too fussed that they didn't show you a service history book when you bought the car. Is this not something you would typically see as a must/bonus on buying a car? As a buyer how else would you establish if the previous owner has had it correctly maintained?

    Anyway, with what sounds like such a good service history printed off you can see how appealing this is to you and the value of that when it omes to selling your car on sometime in the future.
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    Well the car was purchased new from the dealership and always serviced there. My uncle is the manager of the dealership so that helps out some. The lady who owned the car traded it in for a new one and my friend who works for my uncle sold it to me. I spoke to the original owner before I bought the car though.
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