The TDI hit the 40,000 mile mark a couple of weeks ago so it was time for service. This is the first service that I would have to pay for since all routine maintenance is covered for the first 3 years and 36,000 miles. I was dreading this service because I had read quite a few posts and articles that priced the 40,000 mile service at north of $800. It's expensive because the DSG transmission fluid needs to be changed as part of this service.
Prior to heading back to the dealership I looked around for a mechanic that services VW diesels and came up empty in my area. The closest shop was about 30 miles away so I decided to stick with the dealership.
When I arrived at Vista VW, the service advisor told me that there was a package price for the service and DSG transmission fluid change. The cost was $625 plus tax. I was mentally prepared for a bigger number so while $625 is a lot of money, I found myself somewhat relieved.
I also asked for a quote on tires as most of the tread is gone from the stock Continentals. I was given an "all in" price of $1100 dollars for 4 new Continentals which included mounting, balancing, alignment and disposal. I had priced replacement tires through Tire Rack and Tire Kingdom prior to heading to the dealership and was confident that I could get the same tires elsewhere and "all in" for right about $800.
So, the dealership performed the service but did not replace the tires. I haven't noticed any change in performance but will be keeping an eye on fuel economy now to see if the service has any effect on how often I visit the pump. I'll be replacing the tires sometime within the next 60 days so I'll be back with an update on the new rubber.
Happy Holidays to everyone, be safe & thanks for reading!