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Standard to Longlife Servicing Questions

Slackworth May 10, 2015

  1. Slackworth

    Slackworth Registered User

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    Evening all,

    The previous owner of my car (2008 A4 B8 3.0 TDi) did low miles so was on bog standard Oil & Inspection services whereas I want to move it to Longlife next service but seems to be confusion about what is needed on the initial changeover service. Mileage when it is ready will be around 63k.

    When I spoke to Audi they just said it needs a major service no questions asked...shock horror!!! whereas the Indy said it depends what filters had been changed previously. History is currently as follows:

    43k / June 2013 - Oil Service + Air Filter + Fuel Filter + Brake Fluid
    50k / June 2014 - Inspection Service + Dust & Pollen Filters

    What exactly needs doing and can I do the air filter and pollen filter myself if needs be to save some cash at the garage? Not so sure I fancy the fuel filter....
     
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  3. Point_Audi

    Point_Audi Vorsprung durch Technik Staff Member Moderator Gold Supporter VCDS Map User

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    I usually get Audi to change the oil for me and I always change the filters myself! Air and Pollen are very easy, the fuel takes a bit longer but is easy done by yourself!:)
     
  4. s3_trev

    s3_trev Northern Ireland

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    Hey slackworth, you're not changing to that service every 2 years carry on are you??
     
  5. jdp1962

    jdp1962 Grumpy Old Man

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    I'm not a fan of long-life. Personally, I'd stick with fixed-interval servicing.
     
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  6. Gazwould

    Gazwould Registered User

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    By all means use the LongLife oil , but don't do the LongLife intervals .
     
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  7. Slackworth

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    I'll never make it to 2 years before having a service (and in my opinion too long anyway) as I'll get a year maximum but annual mileage is around 18-20K so need to try and extend things a little as the cost of standard servicing will work out quite a bit higher?

    My BM used to do 18k intervals and that lasted me 210,000 miles with no issues :)

    How easy is the fuel filter to do?
     
  8. Darren92

    Darren92 Registered User

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    You're nuts. For all the price of the oil and the filter from TPS it makes sense to keep it on the 10k interval.
     
  9. Gazwould

    Gazwould Registered User

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    That would be every 6 months .
     
  10. Gazwould

    Gazwould Registered User

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    What oil are you using ?
     
  11. Slackworth

    Slackworth Registered User

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    I thought with TPS it was trade only?

    Currently standard oil but would switch to Longlife if Longlife servicing.

    Surely a Longlife once a year will be cheaper than a standard oil and inspection twice a year?

    Don't want to do oil changes myself but happy to do air and pollen filters.
     
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  13. Gazwould

    Gazwould Registered User

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    What do you call standard oil and do you have a DPF ?
     
  14. razza1

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    Audi use long life oil even on annual/12k service plan apparently...
     
  15. Gazwould

    Gazwould Registered User

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    Not surprised as probably DPF .
     
  16. Darren92

    Darren92 Registered User

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    Oil for LL and fixed is the same, generally Castol 5W30 or Quantum LL3 (exactly the same oil btw, different label, quantum is cheaper and available from any VAG dealer) both meeting DPF spec of 507.00. If it doesn't meet 507.00 then it's not suitable for cars with a DPF.

    TPS is technically trade only but depends who you get on the desk. Even the filter as a normal customer is less than £10 and 5L of quantum oil if you shop around is less than £40 then add £1.50 for a new sump bung and washer from any VAG dealer.

    If you follow the correct service schedule set out in your service book you won't be changing every filter every service. Generally it's oil/filter, then oil/filter + pollen then oil/filter + major service. But check your book.
     
  17. Slackworth

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    DPF is a yes. Unsure of what oil is in currently but it is whatever Epsom Audi put in it last year.

    I used to supply my own oil to BMW and they did the rest of the service for £68 and quite happy to do the same again...just the various filters I can't seem to get a straight answer on and then how that relates to which service I need. Stafford Audi didn't even bother asking and just said I needed a major service regardless...

    Happy to change the other filters myself though and wave the invoices at Audi or an indy :)
     
  18. Zafi

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    I have mine serviced on long life, I supply oil and get a price match from the local indy.
    Then in between the Audi service I do my own oil change. Works out cheaper than paying someone to drop the oil, but keeps the car healthy and gets the correct stamps in the service book.

    Dealers will always try to get you to spend your money. Tell them what you want, dont ask them!

    For instance they would probably advise against mixing tyre brands yet will have Audi Approved Used cars on their forecourt with mixed tyres cos its their money not a customer's.
     
  19. s3_trev

    s3_trev Northern Ireland

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    Thats interesting Zafi. As long as the oil is coming out every 10k or so whether its long life or not, I think thats a good thing. Like someone else above, my VAG specialist puts in the long life oil for me, but it gets changed every 10k. For the price of oil compared to the price of an engine, you really would need to be insane not to give your engine every chance in its life, and skimp in this area.
     
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  20. Slackworth

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    Hi Zafi,

    When you ask for a price match, do you a supply own oil price from the indy?
     
  21. Zafi

    Zafi Registered User

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    Yes, I email the indy and ask him for a price for a XX000 mile service for my car, including genuine Audi filters, excluding oil.
    Then I book the service at Audi dealer. When I drop the car off I show them the quote and tell them there is 5 litres of oil in the passenger footwell. They match the quote.
     

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