Last post on Sep 07, 2012 at 9:05 AM
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Volkswagen Rabbit, Hatchback
#92 of 99 Re: Oil change [jbaustian]
Nov 28, 2007 (6:13 am)
If you do the job yourself, then you know absolutely that the proper oil was used.
Perhaps, but VW does not know that you did it right or on time. If you have the dealer do it you know you should have no worries with regard to warranty coverage, should there be a problem.
#93 of 99 Re: Oil change [jeffyscott]
Nov 28, 2007 (8:27 am)
Just keep good records. Make photocopies of your oil and filter receipts. Document dates and mileage. If you are really nervous, buy the oil and filter from your VW dealership.
If you have an engine problem and the dealer wants to challenge your maintenance record, draw an oil sample and have it tested. A used-oil test costs about $20-25. If the used-oil test shows the oil is good, then it didn't contribute to engine damage.
I can understand why owners get nervous, they hear horror stories. But here's another horror story: a 20k-mile service performed at a dealership is $300-400. You can do it yourself for less than $100. And you can do everything is around 60-90 minutes. How much is your time worth? More than $200/hour?
#94 of 99 Re: Oil change [jbaustian]
Nov 28, 2007 (9:27 am)
a 20k-mile service performed at a dealership is $300-400.
Excluding the brake fluid change that is time related, ours (on Jetta) was about $200 and would have been less if I'd have said "do X, Y, Z" (which is my normal habit), instead of taking the 20K package. IIRC, 20K requires only an oil change, tire rotation, and cabin filter, plus some "inspect and/or check" items.
The only 20K things that might affect vehicle warranty would be oil change and perhaps the inspections.
#95 of 99 Re: Oil change [jbaustian]
Dec 01, 2007 (5:34 pm)
I concur with jbaustian . . . just keep excellent records. I would be willing to bet that an owner with mechanical aptitude will do the job better than the dealership. How many times have all us returned from a dealership with oil everywhere in the engine compartment, loose nuts, et. al. Frankly, I do all of the work on my car, unless it's absolutely something the dealer must do. I stay clear of them, as they've created more problems for me. Remember, dealerships generally don't used certified techs for oil changes . . . most often, it's a part-time high school co-op employee, or some other non-tech employee.
#96 of 99 Re: Oil change [colloquor]
Feb 28, 2008 (11:07 pm)
I agree as well. I have always done my own oil changes (I'm looking into a top side extractor) The dealer is a rip-off using fear to charge whatever they want, Jiffy Lube is IMO one of the top 3 most horrible companies in the U.S., an indie mech. is fine but to find a good one with time is a hassle.. I have only been commended on how well my car was maintained when it has been in for warranty work. Keep good records and motor on!
#97 of 99 How much oil for the 2.5 liter rabbit?
May 19, 2008 (5:49 pm)
I've had my oil changed at a dealer, more than one dealer, and both give me an invoice for 7 liters of oil. Is that right? Once, I checked the oil right after and it was over the full mark, so I got the dealer to take some out (even after they said that is was no problemo, contradicting the owner's manual, which states that too much oil can damage the engine).
#98 of 99 Re: How much oil for the 2.5 liter rabbit? [rabbitdriver]
May 19, 2008 (7:48 pm)
It takes about 6 quarts/liters, not 7.
#99 of 99 VW Rabbit After Dead Battery-- Help!
Sep 07, 2012 (9:05 am)
The battery in my VW Rabbit (2008) died yesterday-- and when I had it jumped, things seemingly returned to normal. However, my time isn't set right on it anymore in the dashboard display (how to fix??) and the center consol that controls all my audio won't turn on (or do anything/ the screen stays completely blank and unresponsive no matter what buttons I press). Am I supposed to reset something... follow some procedure, after my battery dies?