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60,000 Mile Service Polo GTI

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Ok guys after a lot of umming and arring I'm probably going to keep the Polo now.

Its coming up to its 60k service and I'm wondering if its worth paying the £300+ for a VW service.

What would you guys do? Its gonna need new pads and discs, air con regased oil change and the other usual bits.

I can do it all myself apart from the aircon, but the car has had all other services at VW. Is it worth keeping it with VW servicing or does it not make a huge difference where I get it done??

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After about 5 years having dealer service history is less important than before that, a good trust worthy independent (preferably a specialist) is normal viewed as being just as good.

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Why don't you take your car for its service and air con but do the disc's, pads and any other work yourself (buy a haynes manuel)

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Some people judge specialist services to be better than a vw service. I would suggest a service from a Specialist.

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(buy a haynes manuel)

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If you can find one for my car I'll buy it off you wink.gif

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Both the services I've had done whilst owning my GTi have been carried out by my local dealership, simply because I want the stamp in the book and the FVWSH bargaining chip when I will eventually come to sell her and move on. Plus they (are supposed to) know what they're doing so everything should be done right first time and I don't have to worry about any troubles with the work that has been done. And if I manage to lose the papaerwork supporting the service history, VW have got it recorded on their computer systems that the car has been regularly serviced and maintained. That's my view anyway...

On the other hand, a reputable specialist will be able to handle a service, a/c regass and any other work with no trouble whatsoever, but in my case they're all bloody miles away grin.gif

I'm getting my a/c regassed myself next week with a bit of luck as it's not blowing cold air out like it should. Hopefully its not the compressor because that would suck, and cost a fair bit more to boot, I understand frown.gif

There was an article in this week's Auto Express about cutting our servicing bills in half by taking the car to Calais and having the work done in France - the same qualified dealership technicians, the same checks and procedures, but you pay in Euros and still get the stamp in your book and a dealership receipt for the work cool.gif however I can't justify driving all the way down to Calais for a service... but you're a lot closer than me tongue.gif

Cheers

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(buy a haynes manuel)

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If you can find one for my car I'll buy it off you wink.gif

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We have a Haynes manual out now for the 6n2, but it doesn't cover the 1.6 125bhp engine, or the xenons or any other GTi-specific extras. Only really good for bodywork and general maintenance stuff I suppose like erm, changing your discs and pads...... UHOH7.GIF

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So its not technically for our car tongue.gif

Don't we have different brakes to the normal 100bhp 6n2?

Interesting to know though, wasn't sure there was even one out for it, thanks for the heads up.

Re the trip to france, might be worth while, combined with an alcohol top up 169144-ok.gif

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Both the services I've had done whilst owning my GTi have been carried out by my local dealership ... they (are supposed to) know what they're doing so everything should be done right first time and I don't have to worry about any troubles with the work that has been done

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That's why some people choose Specialists over dealers. Plus it's a hell of a lot cheaper. Guess it's down to a dealer thing really.

Dunno about the french thing really, my french is basic at best, can you imagine them trying to say (in french) "I have reset a fault code in your engine's ECU. Also, there was a slight pressure differential in your tyres so that has been fixed. It may be worth checking your read discs and pads in about 3000miles and getting your air conditining re-gassed in 6months" and then you understanding it?! Oh what fun. Unless they speak English.

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I've just had ours serviced at the local dealer (which I hate) but it was only £99!

Clearly you aren't going to get much but, oil, air and pollen filters, as well as an overall inspection and a stamp in the book.

Applies to all 4 cylinder cars over 4 years old. Not bad. They did forget to do the pollen filter though, but managed to do it with a gentle reminder grin.gif

I will do the plugs myself, and brakes when needed.

They even gave it a good wash!

Flew through the mot, with no advises either!

All the best,

Ben

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Took the plunge and have it booked in for August. Thankfully the cambelt was done under warranty laugh.gif last April so that's brought my standard service down to £238 blush.gif

Just got to get a problem sorted, invest in some green stuff and away I'll be again 169144-ok.gif Touch wood

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^^ Left your lights on Dave... tongue.gif

*cough*

£238! SAUER0421.GIF

I was thinking about investing in some greenstuff pads front and back, for a start it'll cut down on the horrible black brake-dust that gets all over my wheels! But at the moment I'm in the process of acquiring a new driver's side wing mirror and getting it fitted/painted... but after that maybe some new pads smile.gif

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Whats happened to your mirror Si?

Well the wifes Polo just hads its free annual safety check last week, all okay apart from the rear tyres getting low, still 4.5 - 5 mm left on them but looking worn and they have done 33400 miles, is that good? bike.thumb.gif

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Hehe actually there's nothing wrong with my current wing mirror, except for the usual stonechips/dings from everyday driving blush.gif

I'm being a bit nerdy and fitting a smaller mirror to match the one on the passenger side - the passenger side mirror is 130mm wide, the driver's one is 170mm wide I understand. Some owners had VW change one or t'other of the mirrors to the smaller or larger size to match on buying the car new, I want a smaller one. Like I said, its a bit geeky but its the little changes that make the big difference...? laugh.gif

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Sorry to trash you post Dave!!!! SAUER0421.GIF

Si,

My wifes is fitted with the stumpy mirrors on both sides, I think they look a lot better than the long ones. Did it cost you much to replace?

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Sorry to trash you post Dave!!!! SAUER0421.GIF

Si,

My wifes is fitted with the stumpy mirrors on both sides, I think they look a lot better than the long ones. Did it cost you much to replace?

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Haven't actually gone through and bought it yet, the quote from VAGParts is as follows:

cover (the painted bit) - £13.91+VAT

all the internal gubbins - £50.45+VAT

glass - £10.05+VAT

all these prices are for the 130x105mm model in electric operation and heating

Plus about a fiver for insured recorded delivery to my work address. So about £100 all in before painting and fitting.

The plan is that I will speak to Pant Motor Bodies and see if they can spray the mirror for me - I would expect them to be cheaper than Inchcape Shrewsbury!! I have to go back to Pant at some point to have my A/C regassed (to top up the system to it's full capacity), so if they quote me happy I'd like to have the whole lot fitted up before the 'Deva Dubs and Rods' show in Chester on the 7th of August...

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Haven't actually gone through and bought it yet, the quote from VAGParts is as follows:

cover (the painted bit) - £13.91+VAT

all the internal gubbins - £50.45+VAT

glass - £10.05+VAT

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I bought a small drivers door mirror for the Lupo

My local VW Parts Dept (Citygate Chalfont) were a bit cheaper than the prices above, plus no postage/insurance to pay for. Might be worth a check?

edit: was about £68 incl VAT, but can't remember exactly

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So its in currently, and my sum of £238 has just gone up, my local friendly VW dealer has just informed me of a 4 figure number SAUER0421.GIF

Currently driving around in a combo of a 1.2 Corsa comfort and 1.4 Polo. Not enjoying the week so far, more details to follow later .... openfire.gif

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Ok mini review, gonna do a proper tale of woe later.

To sum it up, standard service went fine, I'd asked for a fault to be sorted (it had been sorted previously but apparently not completley). After 2 days I received a phone call explaining, gearbox leaks, cv joint boot leaking, aircon not working, pedal box damage, clutch cable damage, iginition switch damage and a few other things. I took the car away paying just over the £350 and leaving half the stuff undone. Took it to my own garage (one I work for) to plug back in the aircon that had been unplugged somehow confused.gif saving a VW charge of £128.00 + vat, a perfectly fine CV boot saving a VW charge of £89.00 + vat and so the story continues ...... full details to follow

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Oh dear...not good then Dave.

The Aircon on my wifes had been unplugged for some reason, when that went in for its service last year, we complained that the it wasn't getting cold, and sure enough some one had unplugged it and not bothered to reconnect on completion of the service.

Shocking.... SAUER0421.GIF

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But did they try and charge you over a hundred quid to put it back on????? Its a clip ffs

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No they didn't as the car is under extended warranty not that that means feck all these days... smashfreakB.gif

They would have got short shrift anyway znaika.gif

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