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Hello people

I am currently deciding upon my next car and the R32 is close to the top of my list.

The car will be used as a daily driver, although bearing in mind that I have a company car, a Vespa and a bike as well as a Sunday car, so the car will get limited use on a daily basis. Having said that, I like to stretch my cars on evenings, weekends and indeed every available occasion.

Also to take into the occasion, is that I will be losing my company car in a years time due to planned occupational changes.

Having said all that I have some questions. Mainly regarding service intervals and cost of service.

I am coming from a long string of BMW straight 6 ownership, ///M as well as non ///M cars and will be keeping the R32 for a few (3-5) years. In that sense I am not too concerned with depreciation and will thus be speccing the car pretty basic as I wish it to be.

I have had an R32 on loan for a few days and have fallen in love with it absolutely, not a hard task indeed. The fuel consumption I can live with per se but was as stated above wondering about the services.

I guess the intervals are variable and the long life oil is used. But, I´m interested in the real live intervals. What I should expect so to speak?

I am also looking at BMW 1 series, mainly the 120d and the 123d as well as briefly the Audi A3 SB 2.0 TDi Quattro Sport Line, all of which fall in the same price bracket more or less as the R32.

As touched on above, I aim to keep the car for some years and the specc will be in line with: Tornado Red, 4 door, upgraded stereo, cruise control, tinted windows, standard cloth seats, winter package, maybe a sunroof and maybe some minor additions.

Any advice appreciated and advice on the service intervals and price greatly appreciated.

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Long life oil service intervals is every 20k. Apart from maybe an oil change at 1k to check everything is ok, there is no need for any other servicing.

I'd also give the 'sound upgrade' a big miss. The speakers are made by philips and to be honest, are crap. The standard system is 'ok' but don't waste your money on the upgrade.

Having said that if I had the choice again I think I would have gone for the Audi S3!
 

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Thanks to EdHoskins for the reply.

Although I do agree with the S3 in some aspects, I need the 4 doors so that´s out of the question.

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Mines having its second service at 20k miles, which is on friday. I drive pretty damn hard. The first service was at 11000 and since 1v been driving its 9200 miles. Think the service is about 220quid or something? Nowhere near as bad as BMW Im guessing?
 

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Thanks for the replies guys, greatly appreciated.

Rupo said:
Mines having its second service at 20k miles, which is on friday. I drive pretty damn hard. The first service was at 11000 and since 1v been driving its 9200 miles. Think the service is about 220quid or something? Nowhere near as bad as BMW Im guessing?
I guess in Rupo´s case, the interval are at 10000 miles due to his enthusiastic driving, and I guess that Mark5-R32´s 20k service is his first one?

Anyhow, my dealer has quoted me 30000 km intervals, the first being ca 250-300 euros which is the same as you guys have said and coming from a long line of BMW´s very reasonable indeed.

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Hi Giz, no thats my second service aswell, first one was at 10k.
It's suppose to let you know when its ready for servicing depending how you drive, my service light came on at just over 20k.
 

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Yeh, I rang the dealer when my interval came up at 9k miles. I think its a service between every 9k (worst case) and something like 13k (best case)
 

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Hi Giz,

The R32 is superb, as you have discovered. I also have a BMW 120d which I run day-to-day and it has been remapped to >200bhp. Although the 120d/123d are superb in their own right and have incredibly good diesel engines, they are no match for an R32 in terms of feel. In terms of performance, in-gear the BMW feels quicker due to the far superior torque, but in reality it won't be. I wouldn't get the 123d because you can achieve the same and more power with a simple remap of the 120d. The BMW is as well made as the golf but has very little space interior-wise (even though it is actually longer than the R32). The R32 is much more practical. Also the 1-series comes with crap run-flat tyres as standard.

In terms of servicing, my R32 was on the 2-year/20k mile servicing plan. I detest long-life services as I believe high performance cars should be looked after a bit more carefully so I had it changed to a fixed 12 month/10k mile plan. I also do my own oil changes every 5k miles in between.

Whatever you do, don't just follow the performance figures (which are very impressive for the 123d). The feel of the diesels is completely different and not as satisfying as a petrol car in my opinion. I'd take extensive test drives of all the cars you like to make your mind up. I didn't go for the S3 for the same reason, no rear doors...otherwise it is a good car. The engine note is rubbish compared to the 3.2 Ltr V6 though!
 

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I bought my R32 a few weeks ago and VW had an offer of 3 years servicing for £200. I don't how long this offer will last, but it's worth it.
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Monkey said:
I bought my R32 a few weeks ago and VW had an offer of 3 years servicing for £200. I don't how long this offer will last, but it's worth it.
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Just wished that I had that offer when I brought my R,:mellow:
 
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