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My R32 received its 40k service last week. I've actually done 37k but I'm on variable servicing.

For those who don't know a 40k service is a biggy but if you have a 4x4 Golf you're looking at a Haldex service at the same time. For this work, my dealer presented me with a bill for ?540 !!! Now, I'm not naive when it comes to VW servicing costs and I was expecting to pay somewhere in the region of ?400 but jeez, ?540 is daft. Glad I gave them a big list of warranty work to carry out at the same time.

On a more positive note however, with a clean set of filters, oil and plugs she flys now and the new oil in the Haldex has solved the strange rattling noise that would occur on a trailing throttle. Every cloud has a silver lining I suppose....
 

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No. These days as long as you use genuine manufacturer parts you can have it serviced anywhere. However, since I like my local dealer and have used them for years, I thought I'd use them for the 40k, like I had the 20k. My long term plan was to get the first 3 services done by the dealer and then move elsewhere afterwards. However, after the ?540 incident, I may decide to cut that to 2 services. There are quite a few VW specialists round here, plus my dad has a garage too - but dealer stamps always look better on the service book, especially on a car like an R32.
 

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My 1.6 is due for 30K service soon, I asked my dealer what this would entail, and mentioned that I had already done the spark plugs, renewed the air filter and cleaned the airbox. "Oh, well in that case it would only be equivalent of a 20K service, so knock off x hours and ?x". I enquired what else was left then, and the helpful lady mentioned pollen filter among other things, so I looked up my Haynes changed that myself as well. I like my dealer, always get treated well and never get any BS, car always cleaned after a service and I love going there. They can appreciate that some people can do some of the things, and so I'm still happy to pay them to do the messy stuff, or things I don't have the time or tools to do myself.

Oh, and I mentioned the ?89 air-con service listed on the VW web site, they were not a listed participating dealer, but she went away for a few seconds to speak to a colleague and said, "Yep, we'll do that as well" [Y]
 

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that rattling noise u mention the the car

i too have noticed one ?!?!?

if i sit and rev the car to 1800rpm it rattles just behind the front passenger wheel ?!?!?

you know what it is ?!?!

dave
 

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Dave30:

The noise I had was coming from the rear centre of the car, i.e. where the Haldex differential lives. Made a noise similar to that of a bike with something lodged in the spokes - only it remained at the same volume, pitch and interval no matter what speed I was travelling at. In fact, if you've ever driven a normal Golf in the snow it was similar to the noise the front diff makes in one of those when one wheel spins faster than the other.

If your noise was coming from the front and on one side, I'd possibly take a look at the brake on that wheel. Check for a loose brake pad or warped disc. Alternatively, it could be something trivial like some dirt lodged where it shouldn't be - easily cured with a blast from a jetwash.

That all said, you said you "sit and rev the car". Does that mean the noise happens when you aren't moving? In that case it could be some loose trim either in the car or a cable/pipe/etc somewhere it shouldn't normally be under the hood.
 

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yes when im stood still i rev the car to said revs and the rattle noise comes

took it to dealers and they said they couldnt find anything.

may take it back and tell them to sit there and rev it to 1.8k then they will see the *** :p

thanks again mate

dave
 

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Could u be kind enough to post up exactly what 'work' the dealer did for ?540.

Im wondering if they did other bits like

Brake oil service

(haldex you've said)

Spark Plugs

Cooling system flushed

Pollen filter (ahh its easy enough DIY anyway)

Thanks dude
 

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ouch I'm not looking forward to that. Maybe a trip to the Skoda dealers when the time comes. Since I'm only on 25k I've got a while to wait.

Is there any chance of full breakdown of the service you got.
 

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Apologies for not replying to this topic - I've been having email trouble, so I didn't know that the post had been updated.

I have the receipt for all the "work" at home, so I'll update tonight with a list of what they carried out.
 

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Dave, i get exactly the noise you describe too...

It happens either if i sit there when the car is parked, and steadily rev the car to about 1,800rpm and hold the revs there - sounds almost as if a heatsheild or something similar is loose and is virbating somewhere around the engine.

I've also noticed that it does the same thing at the same rpm (if you hold it at that rpm) when moving too (in any gear).

Any ideas? (Sorry to hijack the thread with this!)
Calum.
 

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Mine is nearing 4 years, so needs the 40k service

Oil/Filter Change

Pollen Filter Change

Haldex Oil/Filter Change

Intake Filter Clean

Coolant Change

Have i missed anything?

Hafizur
not heard about the need to change coolant on any mk4,

but u need to do the brake fluid change every 2 years, so get that done mate
 
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