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4 years and 77,000 mile Service

WelshGas

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Well, an expensive day but expected and planned for.
My California 180 SE is now 4 yrs old and has completed 77,000 miles. It went into South Hereford VW yesterday for a very, very large service. I was given a brand new LWB T6, 102 manual. Drove very well, quit pokey but it was empty and only a 5 speed box. MPG was 45 on a 128 mile round trip. Quit impressive really. Very basic but it did have reversing sensors thank goodness.

Anyway, the Service comprised of the following:-

MOT
Full Service including fuel, air filters oil etc:
Cambelt & Water Pump
AirCon Service
Haldex oil change
DSG oil & filter change
Brake Fluid Change
Front & Rear Brake Pads + Front Discs
( Interesting about the brakes. Original pads after 77,000 miles Front worn 70% and Rear 90%. Front discs had corrosion on the rear + ridge formation . Front face of discs were fine. Rear discs were as new. On their advice, which I agreed with as I have some long trips in the next 12 months, all pads were changed + front discs )

Workshop Recall for Roof Corrosion - more about that on the appropriate thread - just say I was very happy.

Parts £744.73 Labour £870.14 VAT £313.17

Incidental fact Tyres. I have Michelin Cross Climate on for the past 17,000 miles. Tread Depth

F NS 5.6
F OS 5.7
R NS 6
R OS 6

Seeing as they started at 8mm it looks like 34,000 is easily possible.
 
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do you have a breakdown of where the money was spent on parts and labour please?

I have had Audi's for many years, and their bills were always high....then they had the nerve to tell me they had thrown in a 'free' wash!
 
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do you have a breakdown of where the money was spent on parts and labour please?

I have had Audi's for many years, and their bills were always high....then they had the nerve to tell me they had thrown in a 'free' wash!
Hope this will do.
 

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I´ve had a couple of those big bills in the early days :headbang
Your next service should´t be much.:thumb
 
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That’s great mileage on the tyres.
Do they have the snowflake symbol...?
How are they in the white stuff...?
Any increase in Road noise...?
 
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That’s great mileage on the tyres.
Do they have the snowflake symbol...?
How are they in the white stuff...?
Any increase in Road noise...?
Yes
No problem when the “ Beast from the East “ visited.
Seem quieter than the Goodyear Cargo Vector 4Seasons
MPG improved by 2 mpg over the Goodyear’s.

Don’t forget I have a 4Motion, so no front wheel spin.
 
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Ouch.

Big bill, but worth it.
I’ve just bought a 2011 with 78000, I need to look again through the service history and see what’s not been done ;)
 
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Good afternoon,

I need to let this sink in = ~ 124.000 km and an invoice for service over ~ EUR 2,200.

Well, I wouldn't have expected that much. Before the van I had a Tiguan, which I traded in for the van with 90.000 km.

The Tiguan had a 2 L 140 hps engine (189). I never paid more then EUR 400.00 for a full service. Have I said that I have been warned that for the next service the change of the oil for the DSG was due - which on its own suppose to be very expensive. Obviously the SUV was lighter than the van, but I did not have to change the break discs.

I have to get use to it, that to buy and own a VW California is an expensive business. :(

Regards,
Eberhard
 
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did you consider using the VIP membership for a discounted service bill?
 
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Good afternoon,

I need to let this sink in = ~ 124.000 km and an invoice for service over ~ EUR 2,200.

Well, I wouldn't have expected that much. Before the van I had a Tiguan, which I traded in for the van with 90.000 km.

The Tiguan had a 2 L 140 hps engine (189). I never paid more then EUR 400.00 for a full service. Have I said that I have been warned that for the next service the change of the oil for the DSG was due - which on its own suppose to be very expensive. Obviously the SUV was lighter than the van, but I did not have to change the break discs.

I have to get use to it, that to buy and own a VW California is an expensive business. :(

Regards,
Eberhard
Don't forget that Welshgas has paid for the 4x4 Haldex service and DSG service at the same time as major service, a/c service, cambelt change and new brakes. Not all these apply to everyone's Cali and could be split up into several visits/bills.
 
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did you consider using the VIP membership for a discounted service bill?
It was Discounted, basically labour for some items was reduced due to promotions.
 
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Don't forget that Welshgas has paid for the 4x4 Haldex service and DSG service at the same time as major service, a/c service, cambelt change and new brakes. Not all these apply to everyone's Cali and could be split up into several visits/bills.
Correct. Next Service will be minimal in comparison.
I could have forgone the Front Discs if I wished but safety comes first.
 
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Good afternoon,

I need to let this sink in = ~ 124.000 km and an invoice for service over ~ EUR 2,200.

Well, I wouldn't have expected that much. Before the van I had a Tiguan, which I traded in for the van with 90.000 km.

The Tiguan had a 2 L 140 hps engine (189). I never paid more then EUR 400.00 for a full service. Have I said that I have been warned that for the next service the change of the oil for the DSG was due - which on its own suppose to be very expensive. Obviously the SUV was lighter than the van, but I did not have to change the break discs.

I have to get use to it, that to buy and own a VW California is an expensive business. :(

Regards,
Eberhard
At 60,000 miles or a about 90,000 km I didn't have big service bills .
I had a Perfect Storm, but it was expected.. next service will just be an oil change.
 
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Good evening,

Is the Service for the Haldex and Dsg really so expensive?

I have to Google it what does that actually means .

Regards,
Eberhard
 
WelshGas

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Good evening,

Is the Service for the Haldex and Dsg really so expensive?

I have to Google it what does that actually means .

Regards,
Eberhard
Yes. Haldex £72.34 DSG £205.84 both exclusive of VAT.

Don’t forget Brake Fluid change at 40,000 miles or I believe 2 years.

It’s not that bad when spread over 2 years. On my old Defender Gearbox and Diffs had oil changes annually. Admittedly the oils used were lower tech and cheaper.
 
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@WelshGas

Do we need to service the aux heater?, roof? or any other 'special' equipment stuff we get with a Cali ?
 
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yes, one needs to study the service booklet for what is due when, and plan well in advance for expensive maintenance when the van gets older... :Nailbiting

E.g. we just had the Gates couplings changed at 185.000 (they are due at 180.000), that's an expensive change as well (€ 760 list, incl. VAT, for parts and labour). The 2-mass flywheel part alone is nearly € 1,000 list, incl. VAT, if that needs changing (which, at some point, is inevitable). Or the coupling plates and pressure group...: easy some other € 1,500 incl VAT for parts and labour, and also, at some point, inevitable...

But 2-mass flywheel at 77,000 miles seems a tad early??
 
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Do we need to service the aux heater?, roof? or any other 'special' equipment stuff we get with a Cali ?
No. VW do not have a Servicing Schedule for the Webasto Coolant Heater or the Eberspacher Parking Heater, nor the roof which is a Sealed System.
 
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