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#31 of 489 Re: $95.00 Oil Change on 2006 Passat
Sep 12, 2006 (5:15 pm)
I'm from Chattanooga, TN and my dealer sent out a coupon for a $23.95 oil change on VW's. When I called to set up the appt. he told me it would be $95.00 for an oil change on the '06 Passat and the $23.95 was for the '04 and older models....I was steaming mad. I had never heard of a 95.00 Oil Change. So I called the local Valvoline and they said they would only charge $51.99 for the recommended oil (synthetic), however, they could not turn out the "Service Engine" light and the dealer would have to do that.....for a charge of $90.00 (because they have to use a "special" $14,000.00 machine to get the light turned out).
TOTAL RIP-OFF. Lesson - Ask Service Prices BEFORE buying. I'm just glad we didn't get the VW Toureg. That Oil Change is a mere $179.00.....it must have a "Special" gold additive, huh?
#32 of 489 Re: $95.00 Oil Change on 2006 Passat [tamedmunds]
Sep 13, 2006 (3:44 am)
I am guessing you have the 2.0t engine? These engine require VW502 certified synthetic oil every 5K miles. My 1.8t also requirss the same oil and I bring my own oil to the dealer and just pay for a filter and labor. The oil costs me $5.50 per Qt (X5) and the dealer charges me $20.00. So, I pay almost $50 for an oil change. Well worth it to be driving a Passat!!
Also, I get those same coupons in the mail and they ALWAYS have, in small writing, verbiage that says "synthetic cost more". Read the fine print! You can take your car to an independent shop and the cost will most likely be less.
#33 of 489 Re: $95.00 Oil Change on 2006 Passat [tamedmunds]
Sep 13, 2006 (5:53 am)
...my dealer sent out a coupon for a $23.95 oil change on VW's. When I called to set up the appt. he told me it would be $95.00 for an oil change on the '06 Passat and the $23.95 was for the '04 and older models....I was steaming mad.
What's funny about this is the fact that VWoA released a pamphlet saying that synthetic oil is recommended/required for all engines from 1998 onward. What's scary about this is that the dealership either doesn't know this, or is ignoring it.
So the coupon's a great thing, if you happen to own a ten year old VW in addition to your '06 Passat.
Here's a linkie to that pamphlet:
Choosing the Right OIl for your 1998-2006 VW
Because of this fact, Volkswagen strongly recommends that you use synthetic-based oil that complies with Volkswagen oil quality standard VW 502 00 as a replacement lubricant. Whether you use synthetic or petroleum-based engine oil, the oil that you use must conform to Volkswagen oil quality standard VW 502 00 in order to help keep your vehicle’s engine running smoothly and help prevent the formation of harmful sludge and deposits that can lead to expensive repairs. At the time of printing, all of the engine oils Volkswagen is aware of that meet the exacting Volkswagen oil quality standard are synthetic-based.
#34 of 489 Mobil 1 0w-40
Sep 13, 2006 (10:28 am)
BTW, this grade of Mobil 1, per their website and the label on the bottle, meets the following specs:
I just bought a 6 pack at Advance Auto for $4.77/quart. I'll be bringing 4 along with me to the dealer tomorrow for my 6 month/5,000 mile oil change. My total cost should be somewhere around $52 including the oil, the labor, big filter, and disposal fee.
Not a bad price, IMHO. And I can watch the tech pour the stuff in, if I want. Sure beats $95.
#35 of 489 altair4
Sep 13, 2006 (10:43 am)
don't you need 5qt with larger oil filer? 4qt goes to engine and 1qt into the filter.
PS It is probably 4.5 to be exact but take 5qt. Pour 4 and then top off.
#36 of 489 Re: altair4 [krzyss]
Sep 13, 2006 (11:07 am)
I do the top-off at home. Prevents overfills at the dealer...
#37 of 489 Re: $95.00 Oil Change on 2006 Passat [fish8]
Sep 13, 2006 (12:37 pm)
I did not realize that they would let you bring your own oil. I'll try that and see what they say. Thanks!
#38 of 489 Re: $95.00 Oil Change on 2006 Passat [tamedmunds]
Sep 13, 2006 (12:52 pm)
Dunno if every dealer will do it. Make sure if you bring oil that it is, in fact, 502.00 compliant. Really, you need to check the prices to decide if it's worth the aggravation. My dealer uses Agip oil in 5w-40. It's 502.00 compliant, but I prefer to stick with Mobil 1.
For the sake of keeping your sludge warranty intact, I strongly recommend that you keep all receipts for any oil purchased outside of the dealership. Further, make sure the dealer marks on their work order and receipt that the oil you brought was 502.00 compliant.
Save all of your receipts! They're worth their weight in gold if sludge (actually coked) oil raises its ugly head. Don't give VWoA any leeway in this area. Apparently they will jump on any lapse in documentation to deny coverage if at all possible.
Personally, I keep all my receipts like they're the sacred text from some religion.
#39 of 489 Re: $95.00 Oil Change on 2006 Passat [altair4]
Sep 13, 2006 (3:35 pm)
My dealer lets me bring my own oil (they know I'm a stickler for proper maintenance and buy the proper VW 502.00 spec oil).
#40 of 489 Re: $95.00 Oil Change on 2006 Passat [600kgolfgt]
Sep 25, 2006 (6:09 am)
I'd be interested in knowing what oil are you using.