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Hi people.

A question regarding longlife servicing, people say that longlife is worst to be on and that also does the servicing intervals still remain the same if not on longlife oil etc.....?

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My preference is time & distance which is every 10k or 12 months but using longlife oil. Most VAG dealers now use longlife oil irrespective of the service regime.

My R32 was on longlife and it would do around 19k between services but I was doing over 120 per day in it.

If you don't use longlife oil then the intervals are 10k / 12 months.

It really depends on how the car is being driven but for the majority T&D is best.
 

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Just that its stamped as having longlife oil used but the servicing schedule timer has come up at around 10,000 miles so that's what's confusing as I thought it would be longer since having longlife oil.
 

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Just that its stamped as having longlife oil used but the servicing schedule timer has come up at around 10,000 miles so that's what's confusing as I thought it would be longer since having longlife oil.
As I said most VAG dealerships use longlife oil irrespective of the service regime now. They've used longlife oil but set the service regime to time and distance, which IMO, is the preferred. It's just a counter counting back from 12 months / 9,300 miles (15,000km). The car doesn't know what type of oil has been used.

The oil quality sensor only comes into play when the service regime is set to longlife (variable).
 

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I service mine with genuine parts from TPS, with quantum long life III 5w30. Changing the oil and filter every 10,000 miles or 12 months for peace of mind. I changed it today after 9,000 as it was on the ramp anyway.
 

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Unless u do long motorway trips I wouldn't bother about long life because the service light will come on early anyway I'm sure it can come on as early as 9k miles
 

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Unless u do long motorway trips I wouldn't bother about long life because the service light will come on early anyway I'm sure it can come on as early as 9k miles
Seems to be the dealer default of using longlife oil regardless of the service type.
 

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The thing I hate most about long life is someone could ignore the service light for 20k miles and u would never know it just seems that the only way anyone would get 20k miles out a service is if you drive like a granny at all times and I'm sorry but that's not possible in an r32 so if u buy one that's on long life and it got serviced every 20k miles id seriously doubt that the service light hasn't been left on for a while, I'm not saying all people will do this on long life servicing but there's a higher risk of getting a car that's not been serviced when the computer said to service it i know my mk 5 gti light came on after 9k miles on long life service and oil and I could have just ignored that untill 20 k miles or 2 years and nobody would be any wiser
 

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My R32 was on longlife and would do 19k between services but it did spend the majority of it's life on the motorway and the majority of journeys were in excess of 50 miles.
 

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That's good but not everyone is honest as we all know when buying cars people will tell u it's on long life and its been on motorways but really they have been driving about for 10k miles with the service light on and u will never know I personally wouldn't touch one that's been on long life servicing unless it had been done at irregular intervals then it would seem more genuine
 

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what other oil option is there apart from the 5/30 longlife? reason I ask is that I seem think that when I first serviced the car TPS recommended longlife, so I got this but then not long after using it (in colder months I must add) that I started getting a tapping on real cold start up which I would say is a sticking lifter. This disappeared after a minute or so once the engine got warm.

Im just thinking if the oil is to thick and not keeping the lifters lubricated
 

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what other oil option is there apart from the 5/30 longlife? reason I ask is that I seem think that when I first serviced the car TPS recommended longlife, so I got this but then not long after using it (in colder months I must add) that I started getting a tapping on real cold start up which I would say is a sticking lifter. This disappeared after a minute or so once the engine got warm.

Im just thinking if the oil is to thick and not keeping the lifters lubricated
5w30 is quite thin oil even in cold conditions. I wouldn't want to go any thinner.

The hydraulic tappets rely on the oil pressure, so it can take a second or 2 for the pressure to build up, which can cause a slight tapping on cold start.
 

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That's good but not everyone is honest as we all know when buying cars people will tell u it's on long life and its been on motorways but really they have been driving about for 10k miles with the service light on and u will never know I personally wouldn't touch one that's been on long life servicing unless it had been done at irregular intervals then it would seem more genuine
Me too, I don't trust anyone. I also would be wary of touching a car that's on longlife regime.

Although I ran my R32 on longlife, I have my Rocco on T&D even although it's the same driving pattern just because it has a turbo.
 

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Me too, I don't trust anyone. I also would be wary of touching a car that's on longlife regime.

Although I ran my R32 on longlife, I have my Rocco on T&D even although it's the same driving pattern just because it has a turbo.
Touch it?! Perveet just buy it
 

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I've changed my passat to time and distance as I noticed it used loads of oil after 10k miles so thought might aswell change it save spending the money on top up oil
 

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I'm a little confused.

How/where is this long life or T&D servicing set?

Is it a button somewhere, or done via vagcom/dealer?

Will dealer service records say if a service they did was T&D or long life?

Main reason I ask is that I have no service book for my car, and patchy evidence of services (VW and a few receipts).
I want to fill in my new service book but curious how many gaps to leave for missing/unknown services.

Is there any record in the ECU of when the car has been on one or other service schedule vs mileage?

Thanks
 
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