Sunday, April 7, 2013

Upcoming 40,000 Mile Service

Brakes and tires are on order for the 40,000 mile mark, about the time they'll be do. As for the 40K service, I decided to skip the dealership and go back to my nearby trusted mechanic. They'll be able to do the tires, brakes, oil and all the rest at the same time. It's just more convenient for me and it's not like the Volkswagen dealer has shown any level of mastery in this area.

The 40,000 mile maintenance includes:
  • Oil
  • Oil Filter
  • Air Filter
  • Cabin Air Filter
  • Optional: Spark Plugs
  • Optional: Fuel Filter 

Both optional items are recommended for 60,000 miles, but they're fairly inexpensive and recommended by some to improve performance and avoid trouble. 
I decided to order parts, since finding VW parts is kind of a crap shoot and most shops don't stock them. Have you ever needed coolant? It's a dealer only item. ECS Tuning was recommended the various forums for their maintenance kits. They have a convenient 40,000 mile kit with all the parts I listed for $180, or you can go à la carte and just do the required bits, maybe even with compatible Mann filters instead of VW branded stuff that's more expensive.

ES#2550934 Genuine 40k Service Kit ES#2550934
Everything you need to complete your scheduled maintenance using Genuine VW Parts



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