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TwinAir Oil and Filter Change - 1 Year old 81

My Twin Air is 11 months old with approaching 8,000 on the clock.


Got the 'service' letter from the Dealers, negotiated down to just a oil and filter change for 81.


Supposed to be 2 year service interval, but I'd prefer new oil each year as mechanic friends tell stories of VW's on long life services with knackered cam shafts at around 90,000 miles.


Apparently the filters are expensive, but it only needs 3.2 litre of oil.


Hmm thinking about it, there will probably be VAT on top of the 81 - ho hum. So that makes is 97, still OK.
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Re: TwinAir Oil and Filter Change - 1 Year old 81

Got mine done at Halfords with genuine filter and correct oil of which I got the remaining 1.8 Ltrs for 69 including Vat.

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Re: TwinAir Oil and Filter Change - 1 Year old 81

Good work!

Some posters on the 500 section have had eye-watering quotes for their first year TA service. Probably getting a bit more than an oil/filter done, but even so...they were extortionate.

This sounds like a great deal to be fair.
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Re: TwinAir Oil and Filter Change - 1 Year old 81

Yeah, the service manager wanted me to have a full service obviously, even though I actually know him, he's a good friends neighbour and his kids were in my kids class at school.


When I pointed out that the servicing was 18,000 or 2 years he asked how many miles the car had done (8000 in 11 months) and muttered something about low mileage servicing - I said that as it was 18,000 or 2 years and I'm doing about 9000 a year I thought I was bang on, to which he had no answer!


He then said that an oil and filter change would probably be appropriate which is where I was headed anyway. He then hung up and called me back with what he called a 'sensible price'. He knows I know local independents.


So even though I know the guy it took some effort to defeat the rip off protocols!


Still it is extra over Halfords, but if anything goes wrong, it's definitely on them!
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Re: TwinAir Oil and Filter Change - 1 Year old 81

good work,
that's what I paid at a respected indie..with Selenia though.. what did FIAT UK site use..??

I've has Castrol + Shell from FIAT main dealers before - unimpressed..!
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I've has Castrol + Shell from FIAT main dealers before - unimpressed..!
Two of the most well-known and respected lubricants manufacturers around...

Of course having major motorsport involvement doesn't guarantee top quality, and the customer probably pays for it in the end... (I certainly won't though).

Incidentally both were produced at Stanlow / Ellesmere Port near to me, but production now sadly moved elsewhere due to globalisation (and Mobil in Birkenhead a few years ago).
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Agreed ,
but If I order and pay for Stella Artois in a bar,

I'd be disappointed to receive "Guinness",

BTW my wife used to run a lab for a worldwide lube brand..

that's why I'm fussy.. know the trade tricks..


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An Oil and Filter change is VERY straightforward. So why not do it yourself or get a competent friend to help you for the first year?

[This would cancel any worries regarding longevity. Also If you use genuine parts then the warranty will NOT or CANNOT or SHOULD not be void because you are not performing anything mechanical]

You could then use the money you've saved for the 'proper' 2nd Year / 18,000 mile service, which is the only one recorded in the service book, maintaining FSH and warranty.

You'll know that the extra bit of work has been done and for about 20 to 25 for the proper oil and about 7 to 10 for the Oil Filter (max), you'll have that additional peace of mind ......

.....but if you're not intending keeping it for a long time, why should you worry about anything other than the manufacturer's recommendations/warranty and why even consider spending any money at all for extraordinary/interim servicing/work?
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Well spotted. That's probably Mark, at Alpha & Yapps. He still worked there last I knew.

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Quote Originally Posted by jasfiona View Post
An Oil and Filter change is VERY straightforward. So why not do it yourself or get a competent friend to help you for the first year?

[This would cancel any worries regarding longevity. Also If you use genuine parts then the warranty will NOT or CANNOT or SHOULD not be void because you are not performing anything mechanical]

You could then use the money you've saved for the 'proper' 2nd Year / 18,000 mile service, which is the only one recorded in the service book, maintaining FSH and warranty.

You'll know that the extra bit of work has been done and for about 20 to 25 for the proper oil and about 7 to 10 for the Oil Filter (max), you'll have that additional peace of mind ......

.....but if you're not intending keeping it for a long time, why should you worry about anything other than the manufacturer's recommendations/warranty and why even consider spending any money at all for extraordinary/interim servicing/work?
Is it straightforward to remove the undertray to gain access to the sump plug?
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Re: TwinAir Oil and Filter Change - 1 Year old 81

Is it part of an assembly that moves in and around the engine?
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Re: TwinAir Oil and Filter Change - 1 Year old 81

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Is it straightforward to remove the undertray to gain access to the sump plug?
The sump guard is quite meaty. When I had the oil changed on my 4x4 it was up on a garage ramp and the mechanic could remove/replace the guard on his own, with a bit of grunting, but I suspect it could be pretty tricky if the car was only raised a little bit and you were lying on the ground.
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Re: TwinAir Oil and Filter Change - 1 Year old 81

Thanks for the link. I'm assuming that the 5W40 is the correct grade for the Twinair?
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Thanks for the link. I'm assuming that the 5W40 is the correct grade for the Twinair?
AFAIK.. because the ad says Cold climate + Multi-air ,
and the Multi-air unit is the fussy part of our engines..!!,

have a look in the 500 section - there's BOUND to be an oil thread running

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