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Thought I'd post this for future reference to other R32 owners:

Had my 40K service completed today by VW specialist,

Parts (all OEM parts): (price before VAT)

Quantum Long Life Oil - ?61

Oil Filter - ?5

Spark Plugs - ?62

Pollen Filter - ?13

Haldex Oil - ?9

Haldex Filter - ?20

Screen Wash - ?2

Sump Plug - ?1

Lube - ?2

Carcare Kit - ?1 (wtf is this?!)

Parts total = ?176 + Vat

Labour - ?127.60 + Vat

Recode central locking + lube gear linkage (labour cost) ?11+vat

Labour Total = ?139 + Vat

Total paid - ?374 inc Vat

Car seems alot quieter (always does after an oil change), will
have to see if the cold start mis-fire is still there tomorrow morning.

I asked for them to keep the old spark plugs for me, wonder if anyone knows what it means when they look like

Dry (ie no oil)

no signs of black on the tips/core etc

Brown dust deposits on the core and tip

Tips still look good, don't appear to look worn.

Does this indicate a lean burn or too lean burn? All six plugs have the same colour/burn charateristics

Any ideas on the plugs guys?
 

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Hi mate

Car care kit will be a plastic seat cover and a paper floor mat, and if you're lucky some cling film on your steering wheel.

As for your plugs, i reckon that sounds about right. A light brown coloured plug signifies a clean burning engine i.e nothing to worry about.

I don't know a lot about the V6, but generally speaking you can identify your misfire by removing the plugs after it's misfired if you get me.

The misfiring cylinder will have a wet plug. On older engines with ignition leads, you can pull them off one by one, and the one that doesn't make any difference to the running of the engine when you pull it off is the offending cylinder. I expect the V6 has coil packs directly onto the plugs though, so you won't be able to do that, and I dare say that by the time you've stripped the lot down, the fuel would have evaporated off the wet plug.

Did you ask the garage to look out for the misfire?

Could be an injector of course, not a plug. I doubt whether your misfire is due to lost compression at that mileage.

Hope this helps.....[:)]
 

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Thanks for the reply,

I didn't ask the garage to look at the misfire, as I was hoping
it was down to the plugs. If it's still there, then I'll
book the car in under warrenty at a VW garage. Got to get
it in sometime soon anyway, as the tailgate handle has started to
bubble/rust.
 

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Jumped into my car yesterday and was presented with the "Service in 2000mi" message. That'll be my 3rd service - 56,000 miles. Not looking forward to it - although it can't get much worse than the 40k + Haldex one at ?500 ish !

Time to start making a list of stuff I want done under warranty such as rattly dash/fuse box panel, creaking drivers seat (again) and noisey door seals.
 

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The 40k service was part of the deal when I bought my MkIV R32 last week (from Blade VW, Gloucester - very good!) This included long life oil & Haldex oil & filter.

With 2 new tyres and a tiny crease taken out of the rear door, plus service, the prep costs to the dealer reached ?900!!!

Given that we'd got to a very nice screen price anyway, I thought this made it a great deal!
 

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doing mine this weekend

2nd service, anyone done one recently? wondering if anything has changed

hafizur
Nope, still the same advice, take it to an independant specialist like big boys toys, APS, awesome GTI. Places like that will more than likely be cheaper and better than your local VW.
 

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Thanks for the reply,

I didn't ask the garage to look at the misfire, as I was hoping
it was down to the plugs. If it's still there, then I'll
book the car in under warrenty at a VW garage. Got to get
it in sometime soon anyway, as the tailgate handle has started to
bubble/rust.
Gosh this thread has come up from the dead!

Well the misfire/stutter when cold was cured after I gave the throttle body (throttle valve) as very damned good cleaning out with carb cleaner and cotton rags. After I cleaned it, the battery was disconnected (to allow for a crude throttle body reset). This partially cured the fault.

after a week or so I re-cleaned the throttle and did the battery thing, and this time it worked a treat. The car has been 100% fine ever since I did this (over 23,000 miles ago. Car now on 63,000miles).

As a precaution, I clean the throttle body out once every 6months, or whenever I can be bothered. Since I run a k/n airfilter, I figure it's worth cleaning out the throttle body now and again. The VW filter is much much cleaner/restrictive than the KN one, so it makes good sense to clean out the throttle now and again.

The bubble rust area hasn't grown too much, but it hasn't gone away either. I took out the boot handle, and partially remedied the rust bubble with a VW touch up stick. The rust on the bootlid has happened due to the bootlid handle holding in water (there is a small sponge gasket which goes between the bootlid handle and boodlid hole, and this acts as a water trap!), the handle has started to rust, and the rust has spread onto the bootlid itself.

It's still very minor, but its annoying to think this happened well early in the car's life.

I've noticed this same problem on atleast 50% of the mark4's I've looked at, at most of the recent shows I've been to. Atleast VW changed the design of the boot handle for the mk5!
 

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40k. wow. That was a long time ago - I'm on 84k now !!

A word on misfires.....I had a slight misfire a few months back which eventually manifested itself as a full-blown coil-pack failure. Luckily VW replaced them for nothing despite the car being well out of warranty. They also coughed up for a new cat - the old one was killed as a result of the coil pack failure sending loads of unburnt fuel through it.

Haven't posted on here for ages actually. Just polishing up the loose edges on my .:R now so that I can sell it. Just had new BMW 750i pads fitted and replacement discs should be in tomorrow. God I'm going to miss it....but needs must unfortunately!
 
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