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how confused am i! (not hard to do admitedly!)

When I got my R it said it had a service at 17300. So as it wasnt in book I rang the garage to see if it had the haldex oil changed. But they have no record of it having a service at all (knowing my luck its a dodgy service book seeing as i didnt get it from a vw garage!)

Anyways, if it didnt have it and its now on 25000, shouldnt the computer have told me its due for a service as I have the longlife thing on it...?

I think Im gonna have to get a full service, haldex change and all, done just incase. Not worth the risk of leaving it another 2000k! :015:

Thats my holiday to Ibiza down the drain...ohh how I love my R ;)
 

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Is the haldex oil not changed at 40k miles?
 

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VW recommend the haldex oil is changed every 40k miles - just been looking at the hand book
 

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Neal said:
VW recommend the haldex oil is changed every 40k miles - just been looking at the hand book
Funny you should say that - just read handbook and it says 40k, but when i went in the other week to get the vw dude to explain all this longlife/haldex stuff to be, he told me every 20k...(prays that it is 40k cos will mean not due yet!) and then when i rang the garage up this morning he suggested i get it done now to be sure incase wasnt doen at 20k :confused:

still best for me to have a 20k service done thoguh incase, even without the haldex?

anyone know what the approx price of the 20k service is *sits down awaiting the shock* ;)
 

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right, I rang another VW garage and he reckons the haldex oil needs to be changed every 20000k and the haldex oil filter every 40000k..it seems even VW are not consistent with what they say :confused:
 
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I had my Haldex filter and oil changed at 20 thousand when I had the performance part fitted. The parts were only £35
 

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khutula said:
I had my Haldex filter and oil changed at 20 thousand when I had the performance part fitted. The parts were only £35
thats not too bad - its the labour that ruins you with vw tho!
 

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khutula said:
Don't go to VW then.

Together with having the HPP fitted labour was £45+VAT from Awesome GTI
where are they tho? would cost me more in petrol!

i was not gonna go to vw cos at end of day still a bunch of monkeys not knowing that they doing half the time - is it really worth the extra cash just to have a full ve service history?!
 

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It's up to you really - at the end of the day, you have an .:R32 - people who want one are likely to know what they are buying, and also likely to know the reputable non-VW garages.
 

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It's up to you really - at the end of the day, you have an .:R32 - people who want one are likely to know what they are buying, and also likely to know the reputable non-VW garages.
I wanted one, but done have a clue and wont pretend I do!

I just loved them as soon as saw one.

I'm all for keeping her running well and servicing her properly when necessary, but its the different garages telling me different things thats puzzling me!
 

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I think you get that with every car - more so with specialist ones such as the .:R. My last car was a Mk2 Golf G60, and despite it's age (14) there was heaps of conflicting knowledge. Eventually it comes down to finding a garage that really does know - and in this case it was Darren at G-Werks near Brighton - that knew G60's inside out and what was good/bad for them. You locate garages through enthusiast sites such as this one and Tyresmoke.Net. From what I've read the good 3rd party garages to deal with regards R32 are APS and Awesome GTI. I've only spoken to either of them once, and they were both very helpful (although I was getting quotes for work costing around 500 quid - so that was just good business sense :) )

VW dealers can be a mixed bag - I'm lucky as the one I got mine from has an ace mechanic who's been into VW's for years and I knew him from the local scene. He built his own 16v G60 engine from scratch ffs! He tends to look after the R32's when they come in.

Bottom line, I'd talk to a few more folk before deciding - although you're not happy with your previous experiences. Maybe try taking it to another VW garage that's a bit further away? When you phone servicing, ask them if there's anyone who specialises in the high performance models, and don't let yourself be fobbed off with, "All our mechanics are fully trained" blah blah.

Good luck!
 

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My haldex oil was changed at about 18000 (first 2-year service), so the comment that VW will do their own thing is about right.
What would be really useful would be a current copy of the VW service schedule, not the one in our service book but the one they use themselves, and yes they will be different.
 
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